Associated Centers & Labs

Utah Nuclear Engineering Program (UNEP)


UNEP research includes nuclear reactor modeling and benchmarking using our own TRIGA reactor (one of few left in the country!); nuclear material detection by developing new approaches and methodologies using the state-of-the-art computational platforms; nuclear medicine finding synergistic approaches for cancer treatment; robust computational method developments for GEN IV reactors; radiation shielding analysis for space missions; dosimetric studies; fission track analysis. The UNEP also participates in the US Department of Energy Reactor Sharing Program that enables students and faculty from other universities to use the UNEP faculties. The UNEP also provides a degree in Nuclear Engineering and information can be found on the UNEP website.

Energy & Geoscience Institute

The Energy & Geoscience Institute (EGI) is a not-for-profit research organization with a 44-year record of conducting multidisciplinary projects world wide. EGI’s professional staff of scientists in Salt Lake City and adjunct staff in Houston, Calgary, and London are supplemented by a global network of collaborating scientists and engineers. Projects fall into three main groups: fossil energy projects, geothermal research, and environmental engineering. To find out more about EGI’s please visit their website.

Carbon Science & Engineering

The Carbon Science & Engineering Research Group is focusing on how to help with the global temperatures increasing through carbon capture and sequestration. Atmospheric CO2 concentration is increasing. New carbon management legislation and initiatives are based on the assumption that increased CO2 levels are a major cause of global warming.

Several ways of reducing CO2 emissions and CO2 levels in the atmosphere include: improved efficiency in power generation by upgrading existing plants, higher efficiency in all new plants, relying more on renewable energy and nuclear-generated power, distribution of energy consumption among other resources and finally, carbon capture and storage (CCS). Of all emissions reduction mechanisms, CCS is projected to provide the largest contribution to emissions reduction in the near-term (~decade time scale). For more information on the Carbon Science & Engineering Group visit their website.

Utah Traffic Lab


The Utah Traffic Lab (UTL) is a University of Utah Advanced Transportation Systems facility that is associated with the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering. The research emphasis of UTL is Adaptive Traffic Signal Control Systems. They are interested in Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), Traffic Operations Research, and Innovative Transportation Solutions with a focus on application oriented research. UTL uses the latest technology to solve problems, validate and evaluate transportation systems and recommend solutions for technological applications. To find out more about UTL please visit their website.

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