Columbia Engineering is at the forefront of many strategic areas of research, from environmental sustainability and the human genome to infrastructure sensors, nanotechnology, and data sciences. Our professors and students collaborate with other leading experts not only within the Columbia research community but also at other world-renowned universities and institutions, bringing together the best minds from myriad disciplines to tackle and solve the most challenging problems in society, technology, the environment, infrastructure, and more.

The many interdisciplinary institutes, centers, and initiatives at the School are equipped with the latest technology, tools, and equipment, giving our professors and their students the ideal environment to be creative and thrive. Here is a sample list of the School’s institutes and centers as well as links to university initiatives, showcasing some of the broad subject areas in which the School is conducting cutting-edge research.

Multidisciplinary Research Institutes and Centers

Columbia Nano Initiative (CNI)

Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute 

Columbia Precision Medicine Initiative

The Earth Institute at Columbia

Data Science Institute

Research Centers

Working Groups

Artificial Intelligence at Columbia

Columbia-IBM Center for Blockchain and Data Transparency

Center for Financial Engineering (CFE)

Center for Life Cycle Analysis

Center for Neuroengineering and Computation

Computational Optimization Research Center (CORC)

Earth Engineering Center (EEC)

EnHANTs Center

Industry/University Cooperative Research Center for Advanced Studies in Novel Surfactants

Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy


Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT)

Related Research Entities

Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (C2B2)

Columbia Genome Center

Columbia Water Center

Goddard Institute for Space Studies

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Waste to Energy Research and Technology Council