CEM Research

Research at the College of Engineering & Mines is all about innovation and discovery. In the laboratory and in the field, the faculty, students and researchers at CEM are shaping the future with cutting edge discoveries and developments that change the world and impact lives.

The Institute of Northern Engineering

The Institute of Northern Engineering (INE) is the research arm of CEM. It has several distinct research centers and provides facilities and support to dozens of researchers working in conjunction with the College.

INE focuses on basic and applied research and development, as well as research outreach. INE promotes interdisciplinary and collaborative research and development. INE seeks to increase student involvement in research so as to produce graduates at the cutting edge of engineering and technology.

INE Groups & Centers

Advanced System Security Education, Research, and Training Center (ASSERT)

ASSERT is a multidisciplinary center devoted to Advanced System Security Education, Research, and Training. The center provides curriculum and program development, workshops, research opportunities, K - 12 outreach, and access to Information Assurance research resources. The ASSERT Lab, located in the Computer Science department, provides an isolated networked computer environment suitable for information assurance and computer security education, research, and training.

Alaska Center for Energy and Power (ACEP)

The Alaska Center for Energy and Power is an applied energy research program. ACEP projects span a variety of fossil and renewable energy technologies. Diesel engine efficiency, wind-diesel hybrid systems, grid integration and energy storage, hydrokinetic research, geothermal resource assessments, carbon sequestration, and bioenergy for heating and power are a few ongoing ACEP projects.

Alaska University Transportation Center (AUTC)

The Alaska University Transportation Center draws on expertise throughout the state, building strong partnerships among research organizations, industry, and state agencies. AUTC is uniquely able to address transportation issues common to cold regions. Alaska is both its market and its research laboratory.

Mineral Industry Research Laboratory (MIRL)

The Mineral Industry Research Laboratory performs basic and applied research that supports exploration, evaluation, development, production, processing, refining, transportation, permitting, and land reclamation related to using the mineral and energy resources of Alaska for the maximum benefit of all its people.

Petroleum Development Laboratory (PDL)

The Petroleum Development Laboratory conducts basic and applied research in areas such as reservoir characterization, modeling, and simulation; enhanced oil recovery; and fluid characterization, drilling, and production. They assist the Alaska petroleum industry, state agencies, and federal agencies in efforts to make better use of these resources under stable and healthy environmental conditions.

Water and Environmental Research Center (WERC)

Established in 1965, the Water and Environmental Research Center has long been a world leader in addressing research questions involving the Arctic's water and environmental assets. WERC serves as an international resource, committed to disseminating new knowledge to the public. Graduate and undergraduate students participate in WERC-led research projects every year; their studies are primarily in hydrology, water resources, civil engineering, environmental engineering, and environmental science.