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Innovation Centers

These centers engage faculty and students from across the university in knowledge creation and innovation. The centers have a direct impact on vital areas of energy, infrastructure, manufacturing and national defense. Each center must meet the requirements set by the West Virginia University Research Office.

WVU Research Centers

Center for Integration in Gas Research and Utilization (CIGRU)

This center conducts research in gas, oil and chemical fields. Our research encompasses catalysis, reaction engineering, material science, power generation and gas turbines. The center studies direct shale gas conversion to chemicals polymers and single cell protein. CIGRU works with industry and government on comparative energy, environmental law and policy.

Director: Dr. John Hu

Statler College Research Centers

Biometrics and Identification Innovation Center (BIIC)

Researchers in the BIIC conduct research in signal and image processing, computer vision, biometrics, data analysis, machine learning and statistical learning theory. The center deals with all aspect of imaging, signal and image processing for industrial, commercial and military applications will also deal with understanding information and retrieval: Imaging techniques such as synthetic aperture radar, acoustics imaging, imaging in different wavelengths will be included.

Director: Dr. Nasser Nasrabadi

Constructed Facilities Center (CFC)

With its establishment in August 1988, the Constructed Facilities Center is unique for its ability to convert existing technology from a wide variety of sources to technologies having an immediate impact on the nation's constructed facilities. The Center's purpose is to foster and conduct research and development vital to the rehabilitation of our nation's constructed facilities. The CFC has completed or has ongoing research projects with WVDOT, PennDOT, USDOT-FHWA, FRA, USDA-FS, S&PF, U.S. Army and Army Corps of Engineers, NSF, USDOE and USDOD. Many of the principle investigators involved in this research and educational activity have been working with state and federal departments of transportation, wood industry, composites industry, and instrumentation companies for many years.

Director: Dr. Hota V. GangaRao

NSF Center for Integration of Composites into Infrastructure

This center studies and remedies deterioration of our nation's facilities such as public buildings, highways and bridges, water and sewage treatment facilities, airports and mass transit systems. Recent studies indicate that it could cost trillions of dollars to bring all of our constructed facilities to safe and efficient operating levels. It uses composites, resin, engineered wood and fiber to build and renovate structures. The Center is part of NSF IUCRC Program and it works with  WVDOT, PennDOT, USDOT-FHWA, U.S. Army and Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Department of Energy and Department of Defense.

Director: Dr. Hota V. GangaRao

Industrial Assessment Center (IAC)

Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the IAC provides free energy assessments to small and mid-sized manufacturers within three hours of Morgantown. The WVU-IAC assesses manufacturing facilities, water treatment and wastewater treatment sites to save energy, reduce waste and improve productivity. The IAC evaluates cyber security saved companies about $700 million every year through efficiency and productivity improvements.

Director: Dr. Bhaskaran Gopalakrishnan

NSF Center for Identification Technology Research (CITeR)

This Center advances human identification capabilities used by variety of industry and government agencies such as Aware Inc, Canada Border Services. Dept. of Defense and Dept. of Homeland Security, FBI, MorphoTrak and Northrop Grumman. WVU is the Center’s founding I-UCRC (Industry- University Cooperative Research Center) site focusing on biometrics and related identification technology and systems. These biometric systems identify individuals by fingerprints, hand geometry, face, voice, lip movement, gait, and iris patterns. The WVU site provides biomolecular analysis such as rapid DNA, cloud computing, and video analytics. The WVU site looks at four technical areas related to CITeR's technical area of Identity: (1) Biomolecular biometrics, (2) Cross-modal and cross-spectral matching, (3) Mobile and cloud biometrics, and (4) Video analytics.

WVU Affiliate Director: Dr. Matthew C Valenti

Shared Research Facilities (SRF)

These are high end instrumentation and facilities such as Cleanroom, Electron Microscopy, Material Characterization and Bio-Nano facilities. These facilities are located in downtown Morgantown and Evansdale campus and can be rented by departments, other academic institutions, government labs or the private sector. The SRF staff train, guide, and assist faculty in operating the instruments. WVU tenured and tenured track faculty can use the Deans InSPIRE program to get free time on SRF instruments for gathering preliminary data and satisfy reviewer comments.