Centers + Institutes

  • Center for Analyzing Evolved Structures as Optimized Products (AESOP)

    Shu Yang, Director

    The Center for Analyzing Evolved Structures as Optimized Products (AESOP): Science and Engineering for the Human Habitat is a dynamic and highly collaborative center bringing together materials scientists, chemical and biomolecular engineers, mechanical engineers, robotics engineers, systems engineers, and computer scientists with expertise in both active and real time control of materials, metamaterials, and structures. Its goal is address societal issues related to conservation of water, nutrients, energy, and sustainability.

  • Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter (LRSM)

    Arjun G. Yodh, Director

    The Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter (LRSM) is the intellectual focal point of materials research at Penn. It hosts the Materials Research Science & Engineering Center (MRSEC), which consists of five Interdisciplinary Research Groups (IRGs) plus selected seed projects. The MRSEC provides crucial support for faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students drawn from different disciplines, to tackle complex materials science projects that can only be addressed in a truly collaborative mode.

  • Penn Institute for Computational Science (PICS)

    Ravi Radhakrishnan, Acting Director

    The formation of the Penn Institute for Computational Science derives from the observation that computing is an important tool for research in essentially every field of study today; from the physical and biological sciences to every part of engineering to linguistics to medicine to psychology. Computing’s rapidly changing landscape, while presenting immense opportunities, makes it a challenge for researchers to stay at the state-of-the-art. PICS is formed to address these challenges and opportunities across the University of Pennsylvania.