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Strategic Research Plan

The Strategic Research Plan for the Cockrell School identifies the vision, objectives, priority areas and roadmap for success of the school's research enterprise over the next 10 years. The plan will inform the school's long-term funding priorities and infrastructure investments, guide engagement with industry, influence faculty hiring priorities and help faculty members organize teams for major research initiatives.


These areas are designed for multidisciplinary collaboration that addresses the pressing societal problems of the 21st century and beyond.

1. Reinventing Human Health Through Engineering

As we continue to explore the basic science of diseases and therapeutics, we will focus on areas that affect outcomes and improve efficiencies in health care.

2. Leading the Revolution in Manufacturing

The emergence of optimal manufacturing systems is creating countless opportunities for localized, on-demand manufacturing.

3. Innovating for Energy, Environment and Sustainability

Major societal realities impacting our future will require new approaches to finding, generating and storing energy and water.

4. Advancing Intelligent Systems and Man-Machine Symbiosis

There will be extraordinary opportunities to enhance and re-envision interconnected technologies and systems to help people make better decisions in real time.


These themes span the spectrum of engineering and fluidly link our disciplines and researchers.

1. Empowering 21st Century Learners and Innovators

The need to educate more engineers in an increasingly competitive and cross-disciplinary environment will require us to transform the way we educate and prepare our students.

2. Designing and Developing New Materials

We will focus on advancing material innovations that will move society forward and create opportunities for products and processes to improve the quality of life.

3. Modeling and Simulation of Complex Systems and Networks

Computational modeling has revolutionized the engineering enterprise, and we will continue to explore possibilities to accelerate developments in simulation and visualization.