Boston University College of Engineering is a global research destination known for diverse labs working to solve some of society’s most critical needs.
Graduate and undergraduate students take part in the innovation process, working alongside our award-winning faculty, directly contributing to groundbreaking discoveries.
The ENG community regularly collaborates with colleagues in industry, government, other departments across BU, and neighboring universities. The interdisciplinary nature of our research—including research centers and institutes—encourages discovery and gives students valuable exposure to fields that enhance their primary area of study.
Core Research Areas
- Quality of Life & Living Systems Researchers from our renowned Department of Biomedical Engineering join with colleagues from across the College in research that spans from genomics to integrated biomechanics, bioimaging and optics, and bioacoustics—just to name a few.
- Energy & Sustainability BU engineers are part of the multidisciplinary clean energy and environmental sustainability effort, and are leading research in solid-state lighting, innovative ways to save energy, green manufacturing and fuel cells, among other areas.
- Micro- and Nanosystems The Photonics Center and the Center of Nanosystems & Nanobiology support our research activities in this field, which include the emerging areas of nanobiotechnology, nanometer-scale engineering, and the more mature area of microelectromechanical systems, as well as tiny biomedical devices, among others.
- Advanced Materials Every department in the College is engaged in this inherently interdisciplinary field, where our foci include biomaterials, electronic and photonic materials, materials for energy and the environment, and nanomaterials.
- Networks and Systems We have established substantial prominence in information and systems engineering of many kinds, including: automation, robotics and control; communications and networking; computational biology; information sciences; and production, service, and energy systems.