Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering

Research Labs and Facilities

Innovation happens here: 7 Research Facilities 22 Research Laboratories​ 30 Principal Investigators

Scott Bioengineering Building

700 Meridian Avenue

The Scott Engineering Building opened in February 2013. This 105,000 square-foot three-story facility for the College of Engineering contains classrooms, teaching labs, and research space. Five laboratory pods support research groups work in close collaboration with each other in spaces designed to bring the various teams together. 

Drs. Susan James and David Prawel center their research around the development and characterization of biomaterials for cardiovascular and orthopedic healthcare and hold several patents on novel technologies for orthopedic and cardiovascular applications. 

Keeping in line with the vision of a partnership between different research groups, their teams share laboratory space with Dr. Ketul Popat. Dr. Popat’s team focuses on creating controlled micro- and nanoarchitectures in an attempt to mimic the natural physical and biological environment that encourages tissue regeneration and growth.

In 1992, founder Dr. Bryan Willson and his team renovated the City of Fort Collins decommissioned coal-fired power plant to build the Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory. 

Today, the 100,000 square-foot green building is one of the most extensive free-standing energy facilities at any university. The campus is a collaborative ecosystem of researchers, faculty, staff, students, and companies. It receives local, national, and global recognition for its interdisciplinary approach, and groundbreaking work on engine technology, electric grids, biofuels, energy access in the developing world, and energy focused entrepreneurship.

Engineering Research Center

4451 Laporte Avenue

The Engineering Research Center is the site of the Center for Next Generation Photovoltaics, a part of the US National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers program. Mechanical Engineering faculty within NGPV conduct cutting-edge research with the goal of establishing photovoltaic electricity as a major source of energy in the US and the world. 

Dedicated in 1963 on CSU’s Foothills Campus, the center also houses the Electric Propulsion and Plasma Engineering Laboratory, which has provided research, development, and testing since 1965. Current research includes ion extraction grids and hollow cathodes, the evaluation of plasma and ion beam interactions with materials for both aerospace and terrestrial applications, and depth expansion of CSU’s probe diagnostic abilities and knowledge.

The Factory

Advanced Manufacturing and Materials Research Center

3400 West Vine Drive

The Advanced Manufacturing and Materials Research Center at the Factory is a 14,000-square-foot site built in 1958 by Silvaire Aircraft for plane manufacturing. The facility served as CSU’s Agricultural Engineering Research Center from the 1960s until 2002 when it became the Motorsport Engineering Research Center for the next 15 years.

The Composite Materials, Manufacture, and Structures Laboratory, initiated in the fall of 1989 to address research and educational issues related to composite materials, has been a center laboratory since 2004. Renovations in 2017 for three interdisciplinary laboratories, Advanced Computational Materials Engineering Laboratory, Multifunctional Polymers and Composites Laboratory, and Nanostructured Materials and Nanomechanics Laboratory, allow for the facility to maintain its roots in CSU research.

300 West Drake Road

The Orthopaedic Bioengineering Research Laboratory is a multi-disciplinary research facility that uses advanced experimental and computational methods to investigate orthopaedic tissues in their normal, diseased, and treated conditions.

The laboratory focuses on both basic science and translational research to significantly impact medical practice and ultimately improve patient outcomes. Department Head Christian Puttlitz serves as director.

Ben Gadomski  | Kevin LabusKirk McGilvray | Christian Puttlitz

Biomechanics and Stem Cell Therapy Laboratory | Sing-Wan Wong 

Translational Medicine Institute

2350 Gillette Drive

The Translational Medicine Institute is a high-tech innovation hub, bringing together scholars, creators, and entrepreneurs to work in collaborative spaces to discover and deliver solutions that utilize the body’s healing capacity and improve the lives of animals and the humans that care for them.

Dr. Soham Ghosh and his team focus on question-driven research, focusing on how cells and intracellular components coordinate with environmental cues to regenerate tissues.

CSU Engineering Building

400 Isotope Drive

The CSU Engineering Building houses many of our teaching labs for undergraduate students including the Engineering Manufacturing Education Center (EMEC) and our 3-D printing facility, the Idea2Product Lab. 

Mechanical Engineering at Colorado State University is about using our knowledge of materials, energy, and health to solve society’s global engineering challenges.

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