|2004-2005 UAF Catalog|
Institute of Northern Engineering • (907) 474-7728
The objective of the Institute of Northern Engineering is to conduct research in civil, electrical, environmental and mechanical engineering, chemistry, mathematics, computing science, physics and water resources. INE provides state-of-the-art facilities and opportunities for faculty and students to study arctic hydrology, renewable energy sources for rural areas, ground water contamination, environmental remote sensing, robotics, ecological engineering, cold-regions infrastructure and materials technology. The institute includes the Energy Center (home to the Arctic Energy Technology Development Laboratory), Transportation Research Center and the Water and Environmental Research Center (site of the Alaska Stable Isotope Facility).
Many INE projects focus on cold-region and water-related problems that occur in Alaska and other northern areas. Some programs also are regional, national or international in scope. INE is a member of the Automotive Research Center, a U.S. Army National Center of Excellence in modeling and simulation of ground vehicles, and of the Center for General Aviation Research.
External grants and research support approach $5.5 million annually. Most of INE’s researchers are full-time faculty in undergraduate and graduate programs, allowing the results of their research to reach the classroom quickly to benefit all Alaskans. INE has formed a diverse interdisciplinary team in cooperation with other research groups to tackle various problems. This environment provides graduate students with extensive hands-on experience, making them particularly valuable as future employees.