Research Centers

Sea Level Solutions Center is dedicated to designing and implementing short- and long-term adaptation strategies for a prosperous South Florida in the 22nd century by advancing the understanding of sea level rise and its impacts, and converting this understanding into actions that benefit society on a global scale. Their vision is to develop resources for local, regional, national and global scientific collaborators to collect and summarize research and discoveries related to sea level rise, climate change, and other subjects essential for successful communities as well as engage local, regional, and national governments and stakeholders in solutions-oriented research to make realistic plans for sea level rise adaptation and climate change mitigation. 

Energy, Power, and Sustainability Lab is determined to break new grounds in research, education, and power distribution by bringing a wide-ranging approach into the way energy is produced and delivered. The lab is aspiring to bring clean, efficient, reliable, sustainable, and safe energy solutions to its clients. Multiple efforts in the area of smart grid implementations are ongoing and there the benefits are measured by making the system more reliable, secure and sustainable. To achieve higher levels of reliability, security and sustainability more research is ongoing/planned on the issues such as how the penetration of renewable mix onto grid affects the reliability of the grid, benefits of injecting power at right point, ruggedness of smart grid equipment under natural disasters, design and implementation of applications such as Vehicle to Grid, Micro distributed generations and low voltage PV Integration.

The Southeast Environmental Research Center was founded in 1993 in response to a growing regional need for scientific investigations in threatened environments of South Florida. SERC is composed of faculty, research associates, students and technicians from a variety of disciplines who work together on environmental research efforts in the Southeastern United States and the neotropics. Programs developed in Biscayne National Park, Big Cypress National Preserve, Everglades National Park, Florida Bay, the Florida Keys and the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary have been instrumental in providing a basis for management decisions for sustaining these fragile resources. SERC laboratories have advanced capabilities for water quality analyses, stable isotope analysis, ecotoxicological studies, digital microscopy, flow cytometry, and trace metals and organic compound analysis. These research facilities also provide a practical training ground for undergraduate and graduate students at FIU. Students working with SERC faculty and affiliates also benefit from exposure to multiple disciplines, giving them a broad foundation for understanding complex environmental issues.

International Hurricane Research Center is a multi-disciplinary research and education organization focused on a single mission: to reduce hurricane damage and loss of life through more effective mitigation. The Center is composed of four laboratories, the Laboratory for Coastal Research, the Laboratory for Social and Behavioral Research, the Laboratory for Insurance, Financial, and Economic Research, and the Laboratory for Wind Engineering Research. The IHRC research tries to answer fundamental questions in order to reduce the hurricane threat. The Center’s current studies involve such areas as: household mitigation and evacuation; storm hazard and vulnerability mapping, long-term community recovery; and economic loss modeling. 

Institute of Water and Environment brings together university-wide centers, research programs, scientists and engineers to address regional, national and global water and environmental issues, through innovative interdisciplinary research and cutting edge technology. The Institute envisions advancing the science needed to address complex water and environmental issues, both locally and globally, through interdisciplinary research, education, and public engagement, by linking scientists with local, state, and federal stakeholders to foster environmental sustainability.

The Lehman Center for Transportation Research is committed to conducting research and training to improve transportation mobility and safety, and educating a multidisciplinary workforce to plan, manage, and implement transportation systems. LCTR is the only transportation center of its kind in South Florida -- home to about a third of Florida's 18 million population. Since its inception in 1993, LCTR has conducted numerous research projects in the areas of public transportation, GIS, transportation demand modeling, land use planning, intelligent transportation systems, transportation safety, traffic simulation, and transportation databases. The Center is located in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and currently has an active staff of over 20 full-time researchers and over 20 graduate and undergraduate research assistants. 

Green Family NeighborhoodHELP™ is a centerpiece of the curriculum at FIU’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine. Medical students partner with colleagues in nursing, social work, public health, law and other disciplines to work with a household in an underserved neighborhood. Medical students work with the household for three years, helping families address societal and environmental challenges that impact their health.