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Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering & Computer Science

Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering & Computer Science

Centers and Institutes

The Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering & Computer Science is home to multiple research centers and institutes. Below is a listing of our current Centers and Institutes.
Colorado Research Institute for Security and Privacy

The Colorado Research Institute for Security and Privacy (CRISP) is an active research group in information security at the University of Denver. CRISP is dedicated to creating security software that is directly useful for a broad audience, going beyond the usual construction of academic proof-of-concept prototypes. The current research interests of the group are:

  • Secure routing in P2P networks
  • Consistency models for P2P systems
  • Reputation systems for content discovery
  • Detecting intrusion in large intrusion detection environments


Center for Orthopaedic Biomechanics

The Center for Orthopaedic Biomechanics applies engineering principles to investigate clinically relevant issues. Using a combination of experimental and computational tools, the Center performs research in joint mechanics, human motion, musculoskeletal modeling, modeling fluid-solid interactions, wearable sensor systems, and implant device testing.  Partner Laboratories include:

The faculty are committed to student experiences at all levels: undergraduate, MS, PhD and post-doctoral fellows. Graduate students within the program can complete the PhD in Mechanical Engineering and MS in Mechanical Engineering or Bioengineering degrees


Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering

The center was established in 2007 to conduct nano-science related research between several departments of the University of Denver. Goals include conducting state-of-the-art research in the area of nanoscience and nanoengineering and offering state-of-the-art undergraduate and graduate education in the above area. Objectives of the center are:

  • The center will create a forum for major research interactions among researchers from several departments at DU
  • Will provide strong "moral support" for junior faculty


Center for Advanced Materials and Structures

This center was established in 1996 to conduct collaborative research between the Departments of Engineering, Physics & Astronomy, and Chemistry & Biochemistry. Between 1996 to 2008, the Center has graduated seven PhD students and several MS students. Approximately 70 major journal publications (as of 2008) have been published based on research performed by the Center. The Center has been heavily supported by the National Science Foundation, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the NASA Glenn Research Center, the Electric Power Research Institute, and various US electric utilities. It has been especially recognized internationally in the area of high-voltage composite insulators, high-temperature composites of aerospace applications, and for its work on the damage predictions in various composite systems.


Unmanned Systems Research Institute (DU²SRI)

The DU²SRI is to promote knowledge, education, research and development in unmanned systems, contributing to: the advancement of higher education; benefiting students, researchers, scientists, engineers and practitioners; advancing the state-of-the-art in unmanned systems. It is the vision of the Institute to play a key role in the State's efforts to make Colorado as one of the six UAS sites and to collaborate with Spaceport Colorado, pushing forward the frontiers of unmanned systems leading to the next generation of fully autonomous UAS. The Institute was launched in November of 2012 to:

  • Serve as the focal point for basic, applied research and development activities in unmanned systems in general, and Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in particular in the State of Colorado
  • Conduct, coordinate and promote research in building the next generation of UAS that will be used for a wide spectrum of civil/public domain applications
  • Educate students, scientists, engineers and practitioners who are interested in learning about Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs), Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), and Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUVs)
  • Serve as the organization to facilitate gradual integration of UAS into the National Airspace System (NAS) assisting third parties to obtain Certificates of Authorization (COA) from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
  • Participate in State-wide UAS research and development initiatives offering its know-how and expertise
  • Assist in economic development and creation of new jobs by graduating the next generation of highly skilled scientists and engineers, ready to compete in a very demanding global market
  • Serve as a demo site for unmanned vehicles
  • Provide the foundation for technology transfer to the private sector
  • Bridge the gap between military and civilian application domains


Safety, Security, and Rescue Research Center (SSR-RC)

The SSR-RC is focused on the emerging field of Safety, Security, and Rescue Research, which includes a variety of topics in homeland security and emergency preparedness and response. An NSF I/UCRC is a consortium of companies and universities working on industry-relevant medium-term research of interest to all parties. As a true cooperative venture, university researchers, member company executives, and invited public safety officials play a role in the selection of research projects the Center pursues. The research agenda of the Center covers many proactive and reactive technologies for homeland security and emergency response. These include:

  • Components and systems of unmanned ground, air and undersea vehicles for security and search and rescue
  • New sensors and sensor miniaturization for CBRNE detection, medical monitoring, navigation, and situational awareness
  • Coordination algorithms for distributed teams of humans/robots/sensors
  • Human/robot interaction and shared control of complex systems
  • Robust, ad hoc, wireless networking protocols for sensor networks and autonomous agents
  • Automated video surveillance and interpretation of human activities

Beyond the research mission, the Center is also charged with coordinating marketing studies and creating and developing new emerging markets through standardization and coordination with the federal government. The many benefits of Center membership are outlined in the Executive Presentation, as well as details on the structure and objectives of the Center. The main benefit to membership is networking and collaboration with university researchers, industry leaders, and end-users under an umbrella of favorable overhead and intellectual property agreements.