IIT Research Centers and IIT Service, Education, and Outreach Centers
Faculty and students engage in research across a range of disciplines through institutes, centers, and programs, as represented by those described below.
IITRI is IIT's not-for-profit contract research affiliate. With a focus on biomedical research, IITRI's staff of approximately 115 scientists and technicians conducts programs for both government and commercial sponsors. Specific areas of expertise include preclinical toxicology; carcinogenesis and cancer prevention; inhalation technology; molecular biology; analytical chemistry; and biodefense. David McCormick, IITRI Senior Vice-President and Director, can be reached at 312.567.4972.
IFSH is a world class research institute that produces knowledge-based outcomes in the areas of food safety, food defense, and nutrition for stakeholders in government, industry, and academia. IFSH builds on and expands the vital work of the National Center for Food Safety and Technology (NCFST), a unique research consortium of IIT, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the food industry. For more than 20 years, the center has provided a collaborative environment where scientists from industry, academia, and government pool their scientific expertise and institutional perspectives to ensure the production of safe, wholesome foods. IFSH has four operating centers that support the institute: the National Center for Food Safety and Technology (NCFST), Center for Nutrition Research (CNR), Center for Processing Innovation (CPI), and Center for Specialty Programs (CSP).
Within the FDA staff, Richard McDonald is Director, Division of Food Processing Science and Technology. Within the IIT Staff, Robert Brackett, IFSH Director, can be reached at 708.563.1577 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Jason Wan, IFSH Associate Director, can be reached at 708.563.8282 or email@example.com.
The Pritzker Institute is an umbrella organization that enhances the biomedical science and engineering research activities on the IIT campus. The Medical Imaging Research Center (MIRC), the Center for Integrative Neuroscience and Neuroengineering research (CINNR), the Engineering Center for Diabetes Research and Education (ECDRE), the Center for the Molecular Study of Condensed Soft Matter (UCOSM), and the Biophysics Collaborative Access Team (BioCAT) are some of the Centers and activities that operate under the Institute. Each of the Centers has a Director and is described in more detail elsewhere on this page. The Pritzker Institute develops and coordinates relationships and programs with traditional science and engineering departments within IIT, as well as outside institutions, especially, Argonne National Laboratory, Rush Presbyterian Medical Center and the University of Chicago. Vincent Turitto, Director, can be reached at 312.567.6927 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
WISER’s mission is to continue to improve the quality of life and positively impact society while preserving our natural resources and the environment for future generations. Fulfillment of this mission will reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and, at the same time, provide sufficient and affordable sources of clean energy and water.
WISER cultivates close collaboration among numerous programs at IIT with a focus on development of energy-related interdisciplinary educational and research initiatives and proposals. Current WISER activities involve more than 60 faculty members from throughout IIT, spanning engineering, design, architecture, business, psychology, the sciences, and law. WISER plans to further enhance research and educational partnerships with the City of Chicago, State of Illinois, industry, national laboratories, and other universities. The goal of the institute is to play a leading role in identifying future research directions for shaping national and international energy policy and sustainability initiatives. Hamid Arastoopour, Director, can be reached at 312.567.3038 or email@example.com or contact Peg Murphy at 312.567.3038 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CAPP provides a locus for interdisciplinary activities at IIT aimed at the continued development of research in elementary particle physics, development of new particle-accelerator technologies, and at education and outreach to educational institutions and to the wider business, philanthropic, and general public sectors. It serves as a base to coordinate the activities of a group of IIT faculty, graduate students, and staff from various departments currently involved in a number of research programs, and will promote substantial increases in such involvement through a close working relationship with other universities in the region and with Fermilab and Argonne National Laboratory (ANL). Daniel Kaplan, Director, can be reached at 312.567.3389 or email@example.com.
CCSD provides an interdisciplinary collaborative environment for fundamental and applied research for understanding and mathematically describing complex systems; developing mathematical and computational techniques for simulating, analyzing, and modifying their behavior; and applying these methods to various complex systems of national interest. Current research areas include nonlinear and stochastic phenomena in complex systems, multiagent systems, complex networks and adaptive systems, natural and industrial ecologies, dynamics of multiphase systems, fluid turbulence, molecular level modeling of physical systems, brain electrophysiology and computational neuroscience, and transportation systems. Fouad Teymour, Director, can be reached at 312.567.8947 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Center conducts basic and applied research primarily in fuel cells and batteries, while preparing students for a career in advanced energy technology. Jai Pakash, Director, can be reached at 312.567.3639 or email@example.com.
The Center, an interdisciplinary research and education center established in 1990, is devoted to the advancement of polymer science and engineering. Research is conducted on synthesis, rheology, characterization and processing of polymers. Education programs include concentrations for B.S., MAS (non-thesis), M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. David Venerus, Director, can be reached at 312.567.5177 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Financial innovation has been vigorously debated since the financial crisis of 2008. The Center for Financial Innovation (CFI) takes a comprehensive and objective look at the history of financial innovation, providing a central location for scholars, practitioners, media, and the general public to explore the many innovations that serve as the foundation for our global financial system. The Center will provide data, video interviews, and an Encyclopedia of Financial Innovation through the Center's website, which is currently in development. Formerly named the Center for Financial Markets, and established in 1998 as the Center for Law and Financial Markets, the CFI has evolved from the vision of John A. (Jack) Wing, a financial and educational innovator in his own right. Jack Wing served as Chairman of Chicago Corp, of ABN AMRO Inc., Trustee of IIT, and the first Director of the Center for Law and Financial Markets. Marie Vanderford, Program Manager, can be reached at 312.906.6582 or email@example.com.
CINNR’s mission is to foster research in systems and behavioral neuroscience at the University of Chicago, the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and other Chicago-area institutions and in neural engineering at Illinois Institute of Technology. Work in the Center proceeds from basic science and clinical efforts and emphasizes interdisciplinary approaches to understanding the nervous system. Nicholas Hatsopoulos, Co-Director, can be reached at 773.702.5594 or firstname.lastname@example.org. David Mogul, Co-Director, can be reached at 312.567.3873 or email@example.com.
The Center is a multi-disciplinary center dedicated to the research of soft matter, both biological and synthetic. The center has substantial expertise in cell membranes, collagen, ECM, peptide mimetics, entangled polymers, networks, and the cytoskeleton. Particular emphasis is paid to establishing molecular structure/property/function relationships. The center houses faculty from Biology, Engineering, and Physics, and is a member of the Pritzker Institute of Biomedical Science and Engineering. Research relies equally on experimental, computational, and theoretical components, including neutron diffraction, x-ray diffraction and scattering, atomic force microscopy, Forced Rayliegh Scattering, micro- and bulk rheology, molecular dynamics simulations, and stochastic and statistical mechanical modeling. Jay Schieber, Director, can be reached at 312.567.3046, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Center supports the work of the Clinical Nutrition Research Center (CNRC), which conducts human nutrition and clinical research to characterize and describe the biological activity of foods and food components in a variety of study areas including nutrient/phytonutrient properties and bioavailability and metabolism, obesity and satiety, diabetes and cardiovascular disease risk reduction. The unit also manages projects related to IFSH’s Nutrition research arm. Britt Burton-Freeman, Director, can be reached at 708.563.8276 or email@example.com.
The Center provides expanded food safety, process control, evaluation of novel processing technologies and process validation capabilities for applied research through IFSH's GMP processing area, kitchen and pilot plant; BSL-2 processing innovation laboratory; and the newly commissioned BSL-3 laboratory and biocontainment pilot plant. The unit also administers education and training services, and other targeted commercial projects. The center is equipped with various processing equipment including high pressure processing, retorts and a fresh produce processing line. Alvin Lee, Director, can be reached at 708.563.8277 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Center administers key specialized programs, including customized laboratory proficiency testing services that support the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Department for Agriculture, state government laboratories, and the Food Emergency Response Network. The center also conducts research on speciality projects involving select agents. Jason Wan, Acting Director, can be reached at 708.563.8287 or email@example.com.
The CSC develops global partnerships to enhance innovation and creativity, and is the foundation for IIT Stuart's strategically competitive curriculum. The center's mission is to develop Strategic Competitiveness into an approach to business that will enhance the ability of individuals, organizations, and governmental units to be proactive and innovative in addressing global market challenges in the next economy. In 2014, the Center for Sustainable Enterprise became part of the CSC, creating opportunities to implement practical and equitable business strategies that advance ecological sustainability, while fostering our current and future economic viability. Marie Vanderford, Program Manager, can be reached at 312.906.6582 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Established in 1976, the Ethics Center's mission is to educate students as responsible professionals, to reflect on the wider implications of scientific progress, and to contribute to the shaping of technology in accordance with fundamental human values. Its research program is is in ethics in the life sciences and in ethical and societal issues of emerging technologies, with a particular focus on philosophical and ethical aspects of neuroscience. CSEP is committed to multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional research, to projects that combine empirical investigation with conceptual analysis, and projects that introduce and propagate innovations in teaching. Furthermore, it houses a worldwide unique collection of ethic codes and a large collection of ethics education materials. Elisabeth Hildt, Director, can be reached at 312.567.3902 or email@example.com.
The Center promotes application of the tools and techniques of synchrotron radiation to science and engineering research, with a particular focus on developing and operating experimental beam line facilities to serve the needs of various collaborative access teams at the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory. Carlo Segre, Director, can be reached at 312.567.3498 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
STAIR works towards providing long-term solutions to highway work zone safety and mobility problems, by building a consortium of major work zone stakeholders including transportation agencies, road contractors, trucking industry, and the insurance industry. By working together through the consortium, the stakeholders can combine their resources and knowledge, and work towards preventing the 50,000 work zone injuries and 1,000 fatalities that occur every year. The initiatives of the center focus on (1) developing highway work zone safety audit guidelines by addressing the concerns and interests of all stakeholders; (2) discovering/developing/transferring new technologies and measures for improving work zone safety and minimizing negative impacts on private industries and the national economy; and (3) providing work zone safety training and education to the transportation community and the public. Zongzhi Li, Director, can be reached at 312.567.3556 or email@example.com.
IIT has long maintained high quality education and research programs in electric power and energy systems. The mission of the Electric Power and Power Electronics Center (EPPEC) is to make significant educational, research, and practical contributions to the fields of electric power, power electronics, electric machines, motor drives, and vehicular power systems. The tasks of the Center include the sponsorship of technical studies, which will enhance the role of university faculty, manufacturers, vendors, and consumers in power engineering research and education. The Center works with centers and departments across IIT, other institutions, government agencies, and industry to sponsor research projects, short courses, conferences, and seminars. Mahesh Krishnamurthy, Acting Director, can be reached at 312.567.7232 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ECDRE's objective is to use engineering and science based techniques to develop treatment modalities for diabetes and its many complications. ECDRE is the first center in the U.S. to focus on diabetes treatment. IIT faculty members, in collaboration with investigators and clinicians at the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory, are working on a variety of diabetes-related research projects. ECDRE is a component of the Pritzker Institute of Biomedical Science and Engineering, which is developing a biomedical research focus at IIT. Ali Cinar, Director, can be reached at 312.567.3042 or email@example.com.
The Center consists of six faculty engaged in experimental, computational, and analytical studies of fluid flow and its control. The center has numerous research-quality experimental facilities including, high- and low-Mach number wind tunnels, jet facilities, water channels, anechoic room and an axial flow compressor. Extensive computational resources are available for numerical flow simulations. Areas of focus include active flow control for aerospace applications, aeroacoustics, contaminant dispersion predictions and vortex-surface interactions. David R. Williams, Director, can be reached at 312.567.3192 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The keynote of the IITAC-Research Center is "Rethinking Metropolis," the architecture of the multiple, competing entities defining urban life in the new millennium. Urban migrations and the proliferation of information technologies have rendered obsolete the logistical premises and architectural values of the traditional city. We can no longer view architecture as a singular enterprise of making buildings and it is time for a radical critique of our approaches. The task of rethinking our habitats and landscapes in a fundamental way entails a multi-faceted and interdisciplinary approach. It will draw upon the cultural, social, economic, and biological sciences, but it will also demand a particular talent and sensitivity to be cultivated in the architect who is ethically charged with environmental interventions. Richard Neutra some years ago opened a book with the somber note that "Nature has too long been outraged by design of nose rings, corsets, and foul-aired subways." Today this observation has become ever more relevant because the problems associated with the metropolis have grown even more acute. We have choices to make as a profession. And if the 21st century is to succeed in improving living conditions for the world's populations, it will be because we have adopted the tools at our disposal and energetically stepped forth with a dynamic vision. The purpose of the IITAC-Research Center is to promote and promulgate invention - to proffer a new vision. Vedran Mimica, Director, can be reached at 312.567.3260 or email@example.com. Michelanglo Sabbatino, Co-Director, can be reached at 312.567.3269 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Mission of the Center is to foster communications within the scientific and engineering community about sensors and exchange experiences with academia, industry and research labs through support of scientist, engineer, student and faculty research and exchanges; provide an interdisciplinary environment for broader areas of sensor research. The ICSSE at IIT performs basic and applied research in developing chemical and biological sensing systems with novel materials and unique sensing platforms. The Center provides the state-of-the-art facilities and the expertise in sensor research. The research outcome will benefit the society and improve the quality of life through a cleaner environment, more efficient energy usage, earlier diagnosis and effective treatment of diseases, and safer food. Rong Wang, Director, can be reached at 312.567.3121 or email@example.com.
The Medical Imaging Research Center (MIRC), affiliated with the Pritzker Institute of Biomedical Science and Engineering, is an interdisciplinary research team focused on technological advances in the field of medical imaging. MIRC, which is housed in IIT's University Technology Park, is home to six faculty members from the departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) and Biomedical Engineering (BME), as well as their student research assistants, research associates, and labs. MIRC contains two experimental laboratories, the Advanced X-ray Imaging Laboratory (AXIL) and the molecular Imaging Laboratory (MIL), which support research into new forms of medical imaging and their applications. In addition to its role as a research team, MIRC acts to foster inter-disciplinary research cooperation and educational initiatives at IIT in medical imaging, including degree programs in the ECE and BME departments. MIRC research spans a wide array of methodologies such as MRI, CT, SPECT, and PET, and conventional and phase-contrast x-ray, and numerous applications in medicine, including heart disease, cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease. MIRC is also home to a spin-off research effort in “predictive policing”, in which concepts from medical image analysis are being applied to predict crime, in cooperation with the Chicago Police Department. Miles Wernick, Director, can be reached at 312.567.8818 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
NCFST, IFSH's cornerstone principal operating center, continues to operate under its long-time cooperative agreement between IIT and FDA, focusing on design and performance of a variety of collaborative and cooperative research projects across several focus areas, including microbiology, chemical constituents, allergens, food processing, packaging, methods alidation, and nutrition. Armand Pradis, Director, can be reached at 708.563.8175 or email@example.com. Robert Brackett, Co-Director, IIT Vice President and IFSH Director, can be reached at 708.563.1577 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Mission of the Robert W. Galvin Center for Electricity Innovation is to pursue groundbreaking work in the generation, transmission, distribution, management and consumption of electricity. The Galvin Center brings together faculty, students, researchers, industry, government, innovators, and entrepreneurs to collaborate to improve the reliability, security and efficiency of the electric grid and overcome obstacles to the national adoption and implementation of the smart grid. Mohammad Shahidehpour, Director, can be reached at 312.567.5737 or email@example.com.
Through TPTC, faculty and students undertake research to support the needs of the materials processing and manufacturing industries. The center performs high quality basic and applied research in thermal processing technology of interest to the primary metals and manufacturing industry. In addition, the center provides training and education to enhance the human resources available to industry. Multi-disciplinary research teams are used to provide innovative crosscutting technological solutions to industrial materials processing problems. Philip Nash, Director, can be reached at 312.567.3056 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Founded in 2006, WiNCom is an initiative of the Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering Departments. Motivated by the continuing explosion in the use of the radio frequency spectrum, and the desire to increase RF spectrum utilization and efficiency, WiNCom fuses the creative talents of faculty and students from across IIT. WiNCom's signature achievement is the 2007 establishment and ongoing operation of the IIT Spectrum Observatory, which is creating a continuous record of RF spectrum utilization in Chicago. Research programs include RF spectrum measurements; RF measurement data storage and analysis techniques; cognitive radio; communication system modeling; RF coexistence; and RF interference modeling and mitigation. Application areas are licensed and unlicensed spectrum, public safety, smart grid, and spectrum sharing. The Center has generated numerous technology transfers and spinoffs, including a commercial RF spectrum observatory network. Center researchers have ongoing engagements with the FCC and other government entities including the U.S. Commerce Department Spectrum Management Advisory Committee. Cynthia Hood, Director, can be reached at 312.567.3918 or email@example.com. Dennis Roberson, Co-Director, can be reached at 312.567.3032 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Service, Education, and Outreach Centers
E3 is an academic program of research and coursework for students in engineering. The research program encompasses areas of specialization that relate to energy, sustainable development, industrial ecology, and environmental design. Hamid Arastoopour, Director, can be reached at 312.567.3038 or email@example.com or contact Peg Murphy at 312.567.3038 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Center offers professional consulting services through the Department of Psychology within Lewis College of Human Sciences. The center supports its clients through research-based solutions that improve individual, team, and organizational performance. George M. Langlois, Director, can be reached at 312.567.6471 or email@example.com.
The Center can bring the many disciplines resident at the Illinois Institute of Technology together in a collaborative relationship with business corporations, other academic institutions, government agencies and members of the NGO community. The goal is to identify, develop, communicate, and help implement practical and equitable business strategies that advance the ecological sustainability of the Greater Chicago Area, while fostering our current and future economic viability. M. Krishna Erramilli, Director, can be reached at 312.906.6543 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
GPEL focuses on studies related to electric-power-generation transmission, distribution, operation and controls. GPEL houses several graduate and undergraduate laboratories. Annual research support of more than $400,000 is provided by federal and private agencies. S. Mohammad Shahidehpour, Director, can be reached at 312.567.5737 or email@example.com.
The Institute for Science, Law & Technology provides a forum to produce and disseminate knowledge on the social and legal implications of emerging technologies. As part of its mission, the institute sponsors long-term, multi-disciplinary research, public conferences, judicial training, symposia for journalists, and other programs. Public programming, scholarship and research and student educational opportunities in the Institute focus on biotechnology, genetics, nanotechnology, diabetes policy, environmental science, social networks, and intellectual property. In addition, institute staff and faculty draft laws and regulations and develop other programs that guide public policy decisions. Lori Andrews, Director, can be reached at 312.906.5359 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Center helps students and faculty develop a studio approach to engineering. The center's philosophy is project-oriented, creativity-driven and encompasses all the stages of invention, including idea generation and development. prototype development and proofof- concept, the patent process and commercialization. Francisco Ruiz, Director, can be reached at 312.567.3212 or email@example.com.
The Office of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer supports all IIT efforts to build and sustain relationships with corporations and other external organizations. The office coordinates the process of identifying, evaluating, protecting, marketing, and licensing all IIT inventions and copyrightable material. Herbert Munsterman, Director of Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property, can be reached at 312.567.7214 or firstname.lastname@example.org.