The Center for BioEngineering will be housed in the new, state-of-the-art BioEngineering Building, under construction now and scheduled to open summer 2017. The three-storey, 48,000-square-foot building, which has been designed to LEED silver standards, will include faculty and graduate student offices, research labs, administrative offices and a 100-seat auditorium. It will be the home of CBE and the Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies (ICB).
The Engineering Science Building (ESB), a 55,000-square-foot building, represents an interdisciplinary research building encompassing more than 16 laboratories, 14,000 square feet of high quality office space, 21,000 square feet of state-of- the-art research space, computer labs, an access grid, 16 faculty, and about 160 graduates and post doctoral students. Their research spans all areas of engineering from photonics research and high-speed electronics to biochemical cell sorting applications. There is also a 14,000-square-foot clean fabrication facility. This nanofabrication facility services faculty, research assistants, graduate students and industry.
Widely recognized as one of the top five materials research facilities in the world, The Materials Research Laboratory (MRL) serves as the innovation engine for discoveries in new materials. The facility is home to a scientific and engineering community that creates new collective knowledge and fosters the next generation of scientific leaders. By enabling modern technological advances, the high-impact research conducted at the MRL and its affiliated centers has enormous societal impact, and is shaping the future of technology, the environment, and medicine. The MRL at UCSB was established in September 1992 with funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), and became an NSF Materials Research Science & Engineering Center (MRSEC) in 1996. The MRL is supported by the MRSEC Program of the NSF under Award No. DMR05-20415.
The California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) was jointly built by UCSB and UCLA to facilitate a multidisciplinary approach to develop the information, biomedical, and manufacturing technologies that will dominate science and economy in the 21st century. Both science and the economy of the 21st century will require technological breakthroughs in the control of nanometer scale structure and functions, where the top-down approach of electronics manufacture converges with the bottom-up assembly principles of biology. CNSI has chosen to focus on these challenges, dealing with the scientific and technological richness of new advances made possible by the integration of engineered nanoscale building blocks into complex systems. As a California Institute for Science and Innovation (CISI), CNSI builds on a visionary investment in future education, research and technological resources given by the State of California. CNSI also builds upon the existing collaborative strengths of its on-campus participants, and seeks new alliances with industry, universities, and national laboratories. The vision of the CNSI is to establish a coherent and distinctive organization that serves California and the nation, and that is embedded on the UCSB and UCLA campuses. The CNSI will be a world-class intellectual and physical environment, a collaborative center that will generate ideas, discoveries and the talent that will continue to fuel innovation in Nanosystems.
The Translational Medicine Research Laboratory (TMRL) is a dry lab for testing novel wireless technologies to improve patient care. By accommodating the needs of researchers, physicians, and industry partners in a research environment, the TMRL is uniquely positioned to address the problems of health care delivery and to improve the bench-to-bedside timeline.