Research and Extension Centers, Institutes & Laboratories

Center for Biofilm Engineering

The CBE's mission is to advance fundamental interdisciplinary research and education related to the management of bacterial biofilms, and to transfer that knowledge to the realm of applied science and technology. The CBE's Industrial Associates program provides key support for CBE research and operations, as well as valuable input that keeps CBE research relevant.

Western Transportation Institute

The Western Transportation Institute is the country's largest National University Transportation Center focused on rural transportation issues. WTI's main facility with its state-of-the-art labs is adjacent to MSU. WTI has additional offices in Alberta, Canada, and central Washington, and a large testing facility in rural Montana near Lewistown. WTI houses the Local Technical Assistance Program and the Center for Health and Safety Culture.

Established in 2016, the mission of the Montana Engineering Education Research Center (MEERC) is to transform engineering education through collaborative, empirical research.
Montana Manufacturing Extension Center

The Montana Manufacturing Extension Center is a statewide manufacturing outreach & assistance center staffed by full-time professionals with degrees in engineering and extensive experience in manufacturing and business in a variety of industries. MMEC has a proven record of positive impact for client firms and the economy.

Subzero Science and Engineering Research Facility

Montana State University is home to the Subzero Science and Engineering Research Facility, a unique and state-of-the-art suite of laboratories used to study the effects of the cold on projects across many scientific disciplines.

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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a noninvasive experimental technique which has found broad application in clinical medicine and is a maturing method for studies in engineering and physics.

Multidisciplinary Centers, Institutes and Facilities Affiliated with the College of Engineering


Optical Technology Center

The Montana Nanotechnology Facility (MONT) at MSU serves people from academia, government and companies, by providing access to research facilities and expertise. MONT is one of 16 nodes supported by the National Science Foundation as part of the National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI) framework. MONT includes the Montana Microfabrication Facility, a state-of-the-art resource for making tiny electronics and other micro devices. Located in Barnard Hall and Cobleigh Hall, the MMF at the College of Engineering consists of a process cleanroom, packaging room and lithography area that are open to university students and faculty as well as extramural users.

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The Optical Technology Center is a multidisciplinary center at Montana State University, offering opportunities for students, faculty, industry, and other interested partners to learn and work together to find solutions to practical problems and to discover new applications for optical technology.

Thermal Biology Institute

The Thermal Biology Institute conducts and promotes research and education focused on the biology and interrelated physical and chemical processes of geothermal environments in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

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The Energy Research Institute is an umbrella organization for MSU faculty, staff and students advancing on biofuels, wind energy, carbon sequestration, fuel cells and other energy technologies.