Research Centers & Institutes

Center for Smart Infrastructure

The Center for Smart Infrastructure was formed in 2021 as a collaboration between UC Berkeley and the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD). It applies cutting-edge technology to tackle infrastructure challenges caused by climate change, aging systems and natural hazards. Professor Kenichi Soga is founding director of the center, which is based at UC Berkeley’s Richmond Field Station.


Consortium on Green Design and Manufacturing

The Consortium on Green Design and Manufacturing (CGDM) was formed to encourage multi-disciplinary research and education on environmental management, design for environment and pollution prevention issues in critical industries.


Institute for Environmental Science and Engineering/Berkeley Water Center

The Institute for Environmental Science and Engineering (IESE) is an interdisciplinary Organized Research Unit of UC Berkeley that has a mandate to support research that helps protect public health and the environment. IESE is a major supporter of the Berkeley Water Center, an organization that coordinates campus-wide research on topics such as urban water infrastructure, water and sanitation in developing countries and water-related climate change adaptation.


Institute of Transportation Studies

The Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS) is a multidisciplinary program that has supported transportation research at the University of California since 1948. ITS administers several Organized Research Units, including Partners for Advanced Transit and Highways (PATH), and the Pavement Research Center. ITS is a member of the National Center of Excellence for Aviation Operations Research consortium and is the home of the University of California Transportation Center.


Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center

The Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER) is a multi-institutional research and education center with headquarters at the University of California, Berkeley. Investigators from over 20 universities, several consulting companies, and researchers at various state and federal government agencies contribute to research programs focused on performance-based earthquake engineering. These programs aim to identify and reduce the risks from major earthquakes to life safety and to the economy by including research in a wide variety of disciplines including structural and geotechnical engineering, geology/seismology, lifelines, transportation, architecture, economics, risk management, and public policy. The center also provides software through the Open System for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (OPENSEES) project, operates the NISEE Library, the home of the Strong Motions Database of earthquake records.


Project Production Systems Laboratory (P2SL)

The Project Production Systems Laboratory (P2SL) at UC Berkeley is a research institute dedicated to developing and deploying knowledge and tools for project management. Professor Iris Tommelein is the Lab's Director, and Dr. Glenn Ballard is a Research Associate.
We invite companies worldwide, and especially those involved in the Northern California construction industry, to team up with P2SL staff and students, and use our resources to advance the theory as well as the implementation of the lean construction philosophy, principles, and methods in the industry, its companies, and its projects. Together we are and will be exceptionally well equipped to advance and deepen understanding of how to deliver lean projects. All members of the industry are invited to become contributors and to participate in the Laboratory: owners, regulators, architects, engineers, contractors, unions, suppliers, insurers, financiers, etc.