BioInspired Institute

BioInspired Institute

BioInspired Syracuse supports research into complex biological systems, developing and designing programmable smart materials to address global challenges in health, medicine and materials innovation. It is an Institute for Material and Living Systems, focusing on four key areas: drug discovery, smart materials, form and function, and development and disease. BioInspired involves faculty from life sciences, engineering, physics and chemistry.


Green Data Center

The world depends on the data that flows through our electronic lines of communication. But power comes at an increasingly high cost, both in dollars and environmental impact on our planet.

That is why Syracuse University, IBM, and New York State joined together to create the Green Data Center (GDC). Through a combination of new innovations and smarter technologies, this partnership has created one of the most energy-efficient data centers in the world.

As part of its “Smarter Planet” initiative, IBM has worked with SU to look beyond computer hardware and software to the actual infrastructure of the data center. The SU GDC—with its own electrical tri-generation system and IBM’s latest computers and computer-cooling technology—is expected to use 50 percent less energy than a typical computer center, making it one of the “greenest” in operation today.

The Green Data Center is a showcase that will demonstrate how energy-efficient technologies can reduce energy costs and environmental impact. And it is a perfect example of how cross-sector partnerships can truly change the world.
The SU GDC is also home to an extensively instrumented research laboratory that is employed for developing an testing advanced data center air management systems.


Center for Environmental Systems Engineering (CESE)

The Center for Environmental Systems Engineering (CESE) encompasses faculty from the Departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at Syracuse University.

The CESE laboratories occupy the 4th floor of Link Hall, which is centrally located on the Syracuse University campus. The accommodations are newly constructed and comprise of 22,000 square feet, including core laboratories and individual faculty laboratories. The core laboratories include a microbiology, soil, 3 analytical, water, acid wash, trace metals and state of the art Class 10,000 clean room. In addition, there is a radioactive isotope laboratory, dark room, 3 constant temperature rooms, cold room, computer lab for students equipped with personal computers and printers, and a teaching laboratory. The facilities have been designed with versatility required for interdisciplinary research.

Faculty within CESE conduct research under the broad topic of environmental systems, focusing on two areas:

  • Environmental Assessment
  • Environmental Technology


Syracuse Center of Excellence (CoE) in Environmental Energy Systems

SyracuseCoE is a collaborative organization that accelerates development of innovations for a sustainable future. As New York State’s Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems, we engage more than 200 private companies, organizations, and academic institutions to create new products and services in indoor environmental quality, clean and renewable energy, and water resource management.

With a staff based at its headquarters in downtown Syracuse, SyracuseCoE has three specialized teams that focus on research, industry collaboration, and sustainable community solutions. In research, we are at the forefront of groundbreaking new clean technologies—leveraging world-class R&D facilities from the iconic, high-performance, LEED™ Platinum “living laboratory” that is the SyracuseCoE headquarters to the state-of-the-art labs of our academic and industry partners. We drive and accelerate innovative research to the marketplace through strategic industry collaborations regionally, nationally, and internationally. We create sustainable community solutions by implementing new technologies and bringing the latest knowledge on environmental sustainability to the public through educational and training programs.

At our Syracuse site, we provide laboratory and office space for research and business collaborations involving new environmental and energy systems products and services. Research areas include systems that monitor and control comfortable air temperature, air quality, lighting, sound and water quality in built and urban environments, and innovative energy systems, including clean technologies and renewable fuel sources.

The work of the SyracuseCoE and its members impacts the essentials of our human existence in harmony with nature. We improve the energy that powers our lives, the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the buildings in which we live, work, learn, and play.


Building Energy and Environmental Systems Laboratory (BEESL)

The Building Energy and Environmental Systems Laboratory (BEESL), in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, is a key research lab associated with the Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems, the New York Strategically Targeted Academic Research Center for Environmental Quality Systems (NY-STAR EQS) and the New York Indoor Environmental Quality Center (NYIEQ). It was established in November 1999 with funds from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, New York State Assembly, National Grid, and Syracuse University.

The mission of BEESL is three-fold:

  • Advance the science and develop innovative technologies in the areas of indoor environmental quality (IEQ), building energy efficiency (BEE) and building protections by conducting leading edge academic and industrial research.
  • Enhance scholarly learning and professional training for graduate and undergraduate students via integration of research and teaching.
  • Help relevant industries in product development and innovation by providing objective and unbiased product testing and evaluation services.


Center for Information and Systems Assurance and Trust (CISAT)

The Center for Information and Systems Assurance and Trust (CISAT)is made up of faculty members from six schools and colleges at Syracuse University (College of Engineering and Computer Science, iSchool, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, College of Law, and the College of Arts and Sciences) who share a common vision of improving society through the creation of trustworthy systems. The faculty, along with their partners, are interested in exploring questions such as:

  • What are the right combinations of policy, assurance, computing, and trust that balance risk, reward, safety, and innovations in ways that maximize participation and provide opportunity, while mitigating risk to acceptable levels
  • What must be assured and to what degree?
  • How are the components of policy, law, technology, and assurance combined productively? What, if any, are the underlying principles guiding the combination?
  • How is trustworthiness established and maintained (where trustworthiness includes integrity, confidentiality, reliability, safety, accountability, and ethics)?

Many CISAT Fellows have successful and distinguished careers in industry and government. Most Fellows maintain active projects and continuing relationships with government agencies, corporations, and other academic institutions.


Composite Materials Lab

The Composite Materials Lab currently has a wide range of exciting research in the mechanics of polymeric and ceramic matrix composite materials. Undergraduate students, Master’s Degree candidates, and Ph.D. candidates are conducting research. Research activities include theoretical, experimental and combined investigations. Browse through our web site to learn more about composite materials in general, our facilities, current research, publications and the faculty and students involved.

Institute for Manufacturing Enterprises

The Institute for Manufacturing Enterprises (IME) is a partnership between manufacturing companies, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the School of Management, the School of Information Studies, University College, and other schools and colleges at Syracuse University. The mission of the IME is to promote learning in manufacturing enterprises through teaching, application, integration, discovery, and service. The IME coordinates and supports multidisciplinary educational programs collaboratively offered by the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the School of Management, the School of Information Studies, and University College. It also supports research projects relevant to manufacturing enterprises. The IME involves faculty and students from existing academic programs across the campus, and practitioners from manufacturing industry. The IME encourages close interactions with manufacturing enterprises through collaborative research projects, seminars, workshops, and short courses, and to further develop student/faculty internships and co-operative work relationships


Center for Advanced Systems and Engineering (CASE)

CASE is New York State’s premier applied research center for interdisciplinary expertise in complex information intensive systems, including monitoring and control, predictive analysis, intelligence, security and assurance.
CASE has been a designated New York State Center of Advanced Technology (CAT) since 1984, bringing together traditional academic strengths in research and education to promote strong university-industry interaction and generate positive economic impact across New York State and beyond.