Featured Research Areas

With seven departments and ten majors, the School of Engineering has expertise in a wide range of engineering disciplines. Companies looking for proficiency in a particular field of engineering can engage with the School of Engineering’s faculty and research teams to advance a technology or innovation.

As part of its five-year strategic planning initiative, the School of Engineering has identified five core areas of research:

  • Advanced Manufacturing and Computing: Rutgers is leading the effort to revolutionize pharmaceutical manufacturing and dosage forms. Working in conjunction with partners, including Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, Rutgers’ Center on Structured Organic Particulate Systems has received funding from the National Science Foundation to develop innovative manufacturing systems that will produce significant improvements in efficiency, safety, cost, and speed to market.
  • Healthcare Science: Rutgers’ Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Chemical and Biochemical Engineering offer a remarkably diverse array of research opportunities in molecular systems bioengineering, biomaterials and tissue engineering, bionanotechnology, biomechanics, rehabilitation engineering, and biomedical imaging.
  • Energy: Climate change, renewable energy, smart grids, clean vehicles, long-lasting batteries. These are among the challenges and innovations that are driving the world in the twenty-first century. Rutgers Engineering is preparing students to solve real-life engineering problems in energy-related fields. Research opportunities are available in many R&D settings within the School of Engineering, including the Rutgers EcoComplex, Laboratory for Energy Smart Systems, and Rutgers Energy Institute. 
  • Materials: Innovative materials are advancing technology and innovation design across a variety of fields using ceramics, metals, polymers, composites, and more. Rutgers’ recent graphene breakthrough is just one example of the exciting discoveries taking place in our labs along with many others, including containing hazardous waste in glass formulations, using gold nanoparticles to monitor virus mutations, and formulating sustainable concrete.
  • Infrastructure and Transportation: The research coming out of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation, Rutgers is addressing every aspect of our most pressing infrastructure needs: condition assessments of bridges, roads, and ports, life-cycle costs and durability, water resource management, and more.