Research Centers & Institutes

A number of research centers engage faculty and students from across the university. Below is a listing of FIU’s research centers.

Applied Research Center (ARC) – ARC’s focus is to solve real-world problems through multi-disciplinary research collaborations within the University’s increasingly talented applied and basic research units.

Center for Advanced Distributed Systems Engineering (CADSE) – CADSE’s mission is to establish a streamlined research, technology exploration and advanced education program in the areas of foundation of software engineering, distributed and internet-based computing, software architecture, object-oriented technology, software testing, and software reuse.

Center for Advanced Technology and Education (CATE) – Researchers in CATE develop image and signal processing techniques, which through data driven methods and hardware-software assimilation can (a) intuitively extract the required information on the basis of comprehensive investigations and the systematic examination of large numbers of patients undergoing brain surgery, (b) improve cognitive outcomes by overcoming interpretations that are often subjective and biased, and (c) identify and accurately delineate critical brain areas to spare during resection.

Center for Diversity in Engineering (CDEC) – CDEC was created to increase the flow of traditionally underrepresented ethnic/gender groups and students with disabilities into the engineering, mathematics, and science pipeline.

Center for Ethics Professionalism (CEP) – CEP’s mission is to enhance public confidence and faith in the legal and judiciary professions by educating and training law students to become ethical members of the bar who practice with the highest level of integrity and professionalism.

Center for Internet Augmented Research Assessment (CIARA) – CIARA, in the Division of IT, exists as a vehicle to contribute to the pace of research and the quality of education at FIU. CIARA is an evolving interconnection point between research scientists, graduate students, and faculty. These interconnections foster a domain-specific tailoring of Internet technologies to support faculty research and, in the process, improve graduate education.

Center for Labor Research Studies (CLRS) – CLRS’s mission is to develop knowledge about the changing nature of work, workers, and their organizations, and to make that knowledge available to the workforce throughout the state of Florida.

Center for Leadership (CFL) – The CFL’s mission is to engage in cutting-edge interdisciplinary research in the area of leadership development; to develop and deliver innovative executive leadership programs that integrate research and training so that practice continually advances knowledge; and to support the leadership development goals of Florida International University .

Center for Research on U.S. Latino HIV/AIDS Drug Abuse (CRUSADA) – CRUSADA’s primary mission is to contribute to the reduction and prevention of HIV and substance abuse in Latino populations in the U.S. by conducting community based research that will contribute to our understanding of the factors that influence the spread of HIV and substance abuse and the development of interventions to address these health concerns targeting Latino populations in the United States and particularly in South Florida.

Center for the Administration of Justice (CAJ) – CAJ was established in 1984 to engage in research, training and public education about the administration of justice in Florida and Latin America.

Center for the Humanities in an Urban Environment (Humanities Center) – Fosters undergraduate, graduate, and faculty cross-disciplinary study and appreciation of the Humanities; encourages greater awareness within the South Florida community of the impact of the Humanities on metropolitan life, and establishes ties between FIU and the national/international centers with similar goals.

Center for the Study of Matter at Extreme Conditions (CeSMEC) – CeSMEC is an interdisciplinary center, which combines physics, chemistry, geosciences, and materials engineering. All its activities are interdisciplinary. Its goal is to understand the behavior of solids, melts, and fluids over a range of pressures and temperatures well enough to construct detailed, quantitative and predictive models of the physical and chemical processes operating in the industrial systems.

Cuban Research Institute (CRI) – CRI, within the Latin American and Caribbean Center (LACC), is the nation’s leading institute for research and academic programs on Cuban and Cuban-American issues.

Engineering Manufacturing Center (EMC) – The mission of the EMC is to educate and train manufacturing engineers and researchers, serve the University and the South Florida communities by providing researchers, innovators, and students with manufacturing expertise and resources in support of their research and development efforts, and promote the growth and competitiveness of local manufacturing. The EMC fosters research and creative engineering problem solving through student research/project consulting, mentoring, and fabrication.

English Language Institute (ELI) – ELI is a fully equipped, state-of-the-art language-training center, and its mission is to provide quality English language instruction to all who have chosen English as their medium of communication for academic and professional pursuits.

Eugenio Pino Family Global Entrepreneurship Center (GEC) – The Pino Center’s mission is to create entrepreneurial leaders and organizations in all segments of society, throughout South Florida and internationally. It provides the FIU community of students, alumni, and professionals with the knowledge and contacts that enable them to reach their entrepreneurial objective of designing and launching successful new ventures based on innovative concepts.

Florida-Caribbean Institute (FCI) – The Florida-Caribbean Institute (FCI) is a linkage institute founded by the Florida legislature to promote and expand commercial, cultural, and educational linkages between Florida and the Caribbean.

Florida-Mexico Institute (FMI) – FMI promotes and expands commercial, cultural and educational linkages between Florida and Mexico. It provides scholarships to eligible students by waiving the out-of-state tuition.

High Performance Database Research Center (HPDRC) – HPDRC conducts research on database management systems, leading to the development of new types of DBMS, new database techniques, and the refinement of existing ones. The center has a strong commitment to training graduate students and preparing them for their future roles as scholars and specialists in the industry.

Institute for Child Health Development (ICHAD) – ICHAD promotes collaborative research on issues related to health and development from infancy through emergent adulthood.

Institute for Hospitality Tourism, Education Research (IHTER) – IHTER provides educational and research opportunities, including certificate and seminar programs, symposiums, round tables, travel experiences, and other interactive functions promoting the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management .

Institute for Public Management Community Services (IPMCS) – IPMCS promotes the development of knowledge about (as well as encourages its dissemination and supports its implementation): (1) effective public management capacity; (2) meaningful citizen participation mechanisms; and (3) the strengthening of democratic institutions throughout the world.

Institute of NeuroImmune Pharmacology (INIP) – INIP develops and sustains a program of translational research and training in neuro-immune pharmacology, with special emphasis on drug use/abuse/HIV and related medical fields.

International Forensic Research Institute (IFRI) – IFRI’s mission is to advance forensic science research at the undergraduate and graduate levels and to provide training and certifications via partnerships between academia, industry, law enforcement and government labs.

International Hurricane Research Center (IHRC) – IHRC is a research center focused on the mitigation of hurricane damage to people, the economy, and the built and natural environments, and on assisting communities in assessing their vulnerability while dealing with the aftermath of tropical storms and hurricanes.

International Media Center (IMC) – The International Media Center is dedicated to training journalists to act in a professional and ethical manner. IMC conducts programs aimed at strengthening the professionalism of journalism, public relations, and public information services in Latin America and elsewhere.

Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy Citizenship Studies (IPPCS) – IPPCS promotes the study of public policy and citizenship studies through the Certificate Program in public policy and through non-traditional venues such as the Student Honors Mentor Program, to encourage faculty research and discourse across disciplines on matters of public policy, to assist students in understanding the impact that public policy has on their lives and careers, and to encourage joint University and community efforts to learn about issues of public policy at the local, state, regional, and international levels.

Jerome Bain Real Estate Institute (JBREI) – The JBREI facilitates interaction between FIU and the real estate community, and offers undergraduate education in real estate.

Latin American Caribbean Center (LACC) – LACC Fosters high quality research, education, and services on Latin America and the Caribbean within the State of Florida and throughout the US.

Lehman Center for Transportation Research (LCTR) – The LCTR conducts research and training to improve transportation mobility and safety, and educates a multidisciplinary workforce to plan, manage, and implement transportation systems..

Metropolitan Center (Metro Center) – FIU’s Metro Center is an applied social science research and training institute focusing on economic development, planning, performance improvement and policy solutions to public, private and non-profit organizations in South Florida.

Ryder Center for Supply Chain Management (RCL) – The RCL was established with the goal of becoming a leading source for the creation and dissemination of knowledge in the science and practice of Supply Chain Management. Specifically, RCL brings together executives from leading corporations with FIU faculty and students to identify, document, research, develop and disseminate best practices in Supply Chain Management.

Southeast Environmental Research Center (SERC) – SERC is composed of faculty, research associates, students and technicians who work together on environmental research efforts in the Southeastern United States and the wider Caribbean region. Additionally, SERC provides an organizational structure for regional environmental initiatives and coordination of interdisciplinary environmental investigations in the region.

Telecommunications Information Technology Institute (IT2) – IT2 is a unique hub for research, technology transfer, and education at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Researchers engage in cutting edge research intended to contribute to the enhancement of fundamental and applied knowledge within the telecommunications and information technology community.

Women’s Studies Center (Women’s Studies) – The Women’s Studies Center promotes scholarly inquiry related to women and gender, and works towards the empowerment of women locally, nationally, and globally. Students gain tools for analyzing the construction of women and gender, the relationship between gender and power, and the intersection of gender with sexuality, nationality, race, ethnicity, religion, class, age, and ability.