By providing both aspiring and practicing engineers with the innovative education they will need to join the 21st-century power engineering workforce, PEIK’s efforts support the provision of affordable, plentiful and reliable energy. Such energy is essential to the health of the U.S. economy, national security, the environment and society. PEIK’s larger goal is to establish the University of Kentucky as a preeminent “power and energy” university nationally and internationally. Specific benefits to UK include new collaborative research activities among the diverse faculty working together in the collaborative environment of a multidisciplinary institute.
The Center for Visualization and Virtual Environments evolved from the NSF-funded Metaverse Project coordinated by the UK Laboratory for Advanced Networking.
Within the area of its research mission, the Vis Center contributes to the New Economy of the Commonwealth of Kentucky through education and training programs, partnerships with industry and governmental agencies and commercialization of intellectual property produced by the research.
The Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CeNSE) is a multidisciplinary group of UK faculty, students and staff with a shared vision and a cutting-edge research facility to study and develop materials and devices at the nanoscale. An initial investment of $2 million in specialty fabrication techniques for thin-film deposition, lithographic pattern definition and etching has recently been augmented by a National Science Foundation (NSF) infrastructural grant (EPSCoR) of $2.7 million.