Technology Exists to Make Life Better

Advance the frontiers of knowledge, innovate technologies that address the grand challenges of society to serve humanity, and improve the quality of life around the world.

While remaining grounded in our rich heritage of classroom instruction, the College of Technology has made a heightened its efforts in pursuing funded research. We believe that incorporating active research into the curriculum makes for a richer learning experience and reaffirms the practical use-inspired nature of the technology disciplines.

Sponsored research grew from $938,000 in awards in 2002 to more than $10 million by 2010. Research funding will continue to grow as we implement faculty hiring initiatives, increase enrollment of graduate students and expand the number of graduate courses and degrees.

We have also begun clearly defining our research domain to the area of use-inspired and applied research. Our strength in this area originates from the skills and talents of our faculty that are primarily rooted in our desire to engage in problem solving to produce immediate results. The college has identified six signature areas of research with global reach and impact:

  • Technology and Life Sciences
  • Security and Forensics
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Cyberinfrastructure
  • Energy and Sustainability
  • STEM Education (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)

These signature areas allow for collaboration across the college’s seven departments and open the doors for funding and partnership opportunities with faculty across the University and beyond.
In addition to industry- and foundation-sponsored research, we also engage in the novel application of new knowledge or emerging technologies to solve problems; create new products, patents and copyrights; create new business opportunities; and improve techniques and processes. This can lead to innovation and commercialization of ideas.