Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering

The Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CeNSE) is a multidisciplinary group of faculty, students, and staff at the University of Kentucky with a shared vision and a cutting-edge research facility to study and develop materials and devices at the nanoscale. An initial investment of $2 million in specialty fabrication techniques for thin-film deposition, lithographic pattern definition, and etching, has recently been augmented by a National Science Foundation (NSF) infrastructural grant (EPSCoR) of $2.7 million. Participants include 15 distinguished UK faculty members from the Departments of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Chemical & Materials Engineering, Physics, Mechanical Engineering, and Chemistry, and the Colleges of Medicine Pharmacy. As a group, these faculty associates have over $17 million in external support and employ many student researchers. Of these, about 52 graduate research assistants, 5 post-doctoral associates, and a number of undergraduate students use CeNSE equipment and facilities.

Power and Energy Institute of Kentucky

By providing both aspiring and practicing engineers with the innovative education they will need to join the 21st century power engineering workforce, PEIK’s efforts will support the provision of affordable plentiful and reliable energy essential to the health of the U.S. economy, high energy efficiency and effective use of renewable energy resources critical to national security, the environment and society as well as the long‐term health of the economy, near term development of innovative technologies, such as “smart grid” technology, that will be the key to the coming transition to sustainable energy. PEIK’s larger goal is to establish the University of Kentucky as a preeminent “power and energy” university nationally and internationally. Specific benefits to UK could include new collaborative research activities among the diverse faculty working together in the collaborative environment of a multidisciplinary institute.

Center for Visualization and Virtual Environments

The Center for Visualization and Virtual Environments evolved from the NSF-funded Metaverse Project coordinated by the UK Laboratory for Advanced Networking. Initial support and funding for the facility is being provided by the Kentucky Office of the New Economy, the UK College of Engineering, the UK Department of Computer Science, and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Within the area of its research mission, the Center contributes to the New Economy of the Commonwealth of Kentucky through education and training programs, partnerships with industry and governmental agencies, and commercialization of intellectual property produced by the research.