University Partners

CNSE partners with other universities on government and privately funded research through contractual and grant relationships.


Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Center for Bits and Atoms
MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms, launched by a National Science Foundation award in 2001, is an ambitious interdisciplinary initiative that is looking beyond the end of the Digital Revolution to ask how a functional description of a system can be embodied in, and abstracted from, a physical form. Their work is supporting the creation of a unique shared experimental resource that enables the creation of form and function across nine orders of magnitude in length scales. CBA brings together an associated intellectual community from across MIT’s campus spanning the historical divisions that have emerged between the study of computer science and physical science, and between the development of software and hardware. CBA’s government funding is complemented by corporate sponsorship for technology development and transfer.


Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, founded in 1824, is the nation’s oldest technological university. The university offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in engineering, the sciences, information technology, architecture, management, and the humanities and social sciences. Institute programs serve undergraduates, graduate students, and working professionals around the world. Rensselaer faculty are known for pre-eminence in research conducted in a wide range of fields, with particular emphasis in biotechnology, nanotechnology, information technology, and the media arts and technology. The Institute is well known for its success in the transfer of technology from the laboratory to the marketplace so that new discoveries and inventions benefit human life, protect the environment and strengthen economic development.


Florida Institute of Technology
Florida Tech, in Melbourne, Fla., was founded in 1958 to train professionals working in the space program at what is now Kennedy Space Center. It is the only independent, technological university in the Southeast. The campus is 5 minutes from the Indian River, 10 minutes from the Atlantic Ocean and 50 minutes from Kennedy Space Center. Florida Tech continues to be ranked a best national university by U.S. News & World Report. It’s rated by the Fiske Guide to Colleges and named a best buy in Barron’s Best Buys in College Education. Among its more than 50,000 alumni are several astronauts, many CEOs of major corporations, and nearly two dozen generals including two four-star generals, four three-star generals, nine two-star major generals and three one-star brigadier generals.

University of Birmingham

University of Birmingham (UK)
Birmingham’s civic motto is: ‘Forward’. The University’s is: ‘per ardua ad alta’ – ‘through hard work, great things are achieved’. These sentiments sum up the spirit of Birmingham and illustrate the attitude of the people who have shaped both the city and the University. The University is one of the leading research institutions in the UK – and with 26,000 students from 150 countries, it’s an academic community which is as cosmopolitan as the city it stands in.