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The challenge in engineering research is to discover new knowledge and apply it to the invention and development of new processes and products. Today, engineering research is being conducted on a micro-scale from molecules and living cells and on a macro-scale from processes and products. Meeting this challenge requires researchers who are able to combine efforts in several engineering and science fields.

At ACE our goal is for our undergraduate engineers to start thinking with a collaborative mindset from day one. We launched Armour R&D where students are given the opportunity to explore topics of high priority and relevance to society throughout their undergraduate degrees.

Students will have the opportunity to further explore these topics with the Program for Undergraduate Research in Engineering (PURE), Mentoring, Innovation and Development (MIND), and Student-led projects. These programs encourage undergraduate students to build on their research and begin to develop innovative products, tools, or processes.

Our mission at ACE includes cross-disciplinary research, via our two research institutes and twelve research centers, and core research competency areas. Program objectives include integrating research from other departments and disciplines at IIT, and our partners at other universities, government laboratories and research organizations and in business and industry. Total research expenditure at Armour College of Engineering (ACE) in 2015 reached $15M, up exponentially from a total of $6.8M in 2009. ACE accounts for nearly 35% of all research expenditures at IIT.

Currently, our two institutes focus on:

  • Energy, Environment, Economics and Sustainability
  • Biomedical Engineering

Our research centers focus on:

  • New building materials
  • The future of energy and the contribution of renewable energy to the supply mix
  • The role of fuel cells and batteries in the nation's energy supply
  • Electric power and power electronic technologies
  • New frontiers in aerospace research
  • Thermal processing technology
  • Synthesis, rheology, processing and recycling of polymeric and elastomeric materials
  • Faster, more efficient development of pharmaceutical solid products
  • Complex systems and dynamics
  • Medical imaging
  • New devices and treatments for neurological diseases
  • Role of engineering in developing treatment modalities for diabetes and its related complications

In addition, our core competencies areas include such cross-disciplinary areas as: computational fluid dynamics, particle technology and fluidization, environmental and geoenvironmental engineering, cell and tissue engineering, neural engineering, dynamics and control, nanofluids and material processing.

For more information, visit our research institute and centers and faculty research links. You can search for specific research areas and find faculty involved in each area.