Boston University’s College of Engineering is a global destination for respected faculty and researchers, and supports diverse research labs working to solve some of society’s most critical needs.
Graduate and undergraduate students can take part in the innovation process, working alongside our award-winning faculty and directly contributing to their groundbreaking discoveries.
Our students and faculty regularly collaborate with colleagues in industry, government, and neighboring universities. The interdisciplinary nature of our research encourages discovery and gives students valuable exposure to fields that complement their primary areas of study.
Core Research Strengths
- 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 neuromuscular function, 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.