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Research Facilities

The Biodesign Institute

The Biodesign Institute, housed in the Biodesign A and Biodesign B buildings, is Arizona’s largest investment in biosciences infrastructure to date. Completed in 2004, this institute has unlocked many doors to discovery, including the ability to study and construct systems at the nanoscale—a size 1,000 times smaller than a human hair.

Home to 10 research centers, the Biodesign Institute is a conduit for Fulton Engineering researchers in environmental engineering, materials science and engineering, electrical engineering and biomedical engineering, allowing them to merge their expertise with other ASU scientists. Research includes disease prevention and cures, reduction of injury-induced pain and physical limitations, and renewable and sustainable resources.

The Biodesign Institute is master-planned as four interconnected buildings that will comprise 800,000 square feet. Currently, two buildings (350,000 square feet) are complete and house nearly 600 faculty, staff and students.

These facilities are designed to promote interaction and agility. Lab areas flow together with large windows onto a central atrium, allowing high visibility throughout the building. Within Biodesign Building B, the use of transparent materials is reflective of what is possible, while the use of brick connects the institute to the existing history of Arizona State University. The innovative architectural design of this structure supports the advanced research being conducted at this location and reinforces the Biodesign Institute’s mission of integrating, connecting and accelerating scientific study.

An architectural landmark with more than 20 awards, the facility was named 2006 Laboratory of the Year by R&D Magazine and became Arizona’s first building to earn platinum-level LEED Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. It is no wonder the Biodesign Institute has attracted more than $300 million in external funding since its inception, including competitive grant awards and support from philanthropic sources.

Engineering Research Center

The Engineering Research Center (ERC) is home to research and instructional labs, and offices for faculty of:

  • Aerospace engineering
  • Biomedical engineering
  • Chemical engineering
  • Civil, environmental and sustainable engineering
  • Electrical engineering
  • Materials science and engineering
  • Mechanical engineering

Also located in the ERC is the Adaptive Intelligent Materials & Systems Center, the Power Systems Engineering Research Center (PSERC), Quantum Energy and Sustainable Solar Technologies (QESST) Research Center, and NanoFab, a flexible foundry that offers state-of-the-art device processing and characterization tools to individuals and companies.

The ERC houses everything from state-of-the-art nanofabrication equipment to a 100-square-foot clean room to researchers making strides in quantum mechanics, photovoltaics, aeronautics and civil infrastructure.
Engineering Research Center

The Barry M. Goldwater Center for Science and Engineering is shared by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. The Goldwater Center contains faculty offices and classrooms, as well as research and instructional labs for:

  • Aerospace engineering
  • Biomedical engineering
  • Chemical engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Electrical engineering
  • Industrial engineering
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Physics

The Goldwater Center is home to several important research centers. Connection One is a National Science Foundation industry/university cooperative research center working closely with private industry and the federal government to develop the technology to enable end-to-end communication systems, as they work at the forefront of developing the next generation of antennas, low-power computer chips and advances transistor models. Also located here is the LeRoy Eyring Center for Solid State Science (CSSS), the Sensor, Signal & Information Processing Center (SenSIP), facilities for ion beam analysis and the Advanced Computing Center.

The work conducted in these research centers affects everything from wireless communication to sustainable and environmental technologies to homeland security.
MacroTechnology Works

MacroTechnology Works, located off the Tempe campus in ASU Research Park, is a unique enterprise and research building providing ASU with the ability to advance research in partnership with private industry. MTW launched with a $100 million investment to establish an leading-edge flexible display fabrication facility to support collaborative research among the federal government, ASU and industry to advance full-color flexible display technology and flexible display manufacturing to the brink of commercialization. Along with wet labs, dry labs, high bay space and offices, the facility boasts a number of clean rooms including a most remarkable 40,000-square-foot clean room.

MTW is also home to Quantum Energy and Sustainable Solar Technologies (QESST), ASU’s first national Engineering Research Center (ERC) supported jointly by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Department of Energy (DOE). QESST is working to solve challenges to harnessing solar power in economically viable and sustainable ways.

In addition to QESST and the Flexible Display Center, Fulton Engineering’s School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy, the School of Earth and Space Exploration, the Department of Physics, the Material Wave Interaction Lab also conduct research at MTW along with several non-ASU research partners.

Engineering Center

The Engineering Center, composed of A through G wings, is an important research and instruction facility for the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering comprised of a group of buildings connected by shared courtyards and hallways. This complex houses a majority of the classrooms, research and instructional labs, and many administrative offices for the Schools as well as student services including the Engineering Tutoring Center and Engineering Student Center. Housed here is the 7,500-square-foot Engineering Student Center where students have access to study pods, wireless access, loaner laptops and meeting and conference facilities.

In addition, the eSpace design and protoyping studio is reflective of our commitment to provide students with the experiences needed to prepare them to be engineers of tomorrow. Aimed at freshmen, eSpace is designed for the early introduction of engineering thought processes and concepts through hands-on, problem-solving projects. Built in 1956, the Engineering Center A Wing has seen a lot of students come and go. This historic building currently houses research and instructional labs for civil engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and aerospace engineering. The third floor is home to the Center for Applied NanoBioscience, one of the Biodesign Institute’s major research centers. The Center for Applied NanoBioscience hopes to develop novel molecular-based diagnostic tests that can be used by individuals and public health systems to facilitate personalized medicine.

Take a virtual tour of these facilities and more.