The Center for Engineering Innovation CEI is the prototyping, advanced engineering services, and technical education center for the University of Utah. We serve industry and public/government collaborators as well as supporting Utah’s academic institutions (Faculty, Staff, and Students). It is an integral part of the Utah Nanofabrication Laboratory and Micron Microscopy Core recharge/service centers, and offers capabilities that are unique for the State of Utah. No other publicly accessible facility in Utah can provide this number, density of unique and complex tools, integrated processes and knowledge base in highly advanced technologies and their respective application fields and markets that make it easily accessible for users.
We are maturing technologies and intellectual property, and de-risking and accelerating the transfer of technologies into the commercial space as envisioned by the University of Utah and USTAR (Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative). CEI helps bridge the gap between basic and clinical science and engineering innovation, and commercial products. We are also providing a unique environment for undergraduate, graduate student and faculty development and training in translational and professional development work in advanced technologies. A large portion of senior engineering staff holds research faculty positions in various departments at the University of Utah. They advise students and faculty at various levels and offer opportunities for student and faculty involvement in translational and professional prototyping/development, enhancing student experience and knowledge base beyond the existing academic curriculum. Licensed professional engineering oversight is provided by Dean Richard Brown, Ph.D., license number 182900-2202. Further professional engineering licensure is underway.
Mission and Activities
In micro, nano, and system integration we are offering to:
- Mature technologies and increase IP value through prototyping
- Support on and off campus technology commercialization activities with technical/engineering know-how
- Advise faculty and student inventors on commercialization
- Offer opportunities for student and faculty participation and skill development in translational development and engineering
- Engineering/prototyping and support for existing commercial or federal contracts
- Team building and bidding for large procurement style government contracts
- Service for local industry through contract research/development/prototyping
- Support early stage (SBIR/STTR type) engineering/development and proposals
- Responsively support small businesses and startups with fast access to professional support
- Connect entrepreneurial researchers across college boundaries