Leading Edge Research & Development Resources Right at Your Fingertips

Manufacturing is vital to the Rhode Island economy. Technological advances in manufacturing process enable product and process innovations that deliver higher value, and make Rhode Island manufacturers globally competitive. Polaris MEP is in a great position to assist in this area.

How Polaris MEP Can Help:

Our parent organization, the URI Research Foundation, is your connection to world class innovation. Working with URI faculty and inventors to bring technology to market through sponsored research, capstone projects, licensing deals and innovation partnerships – all to advance your manufacturing growth and Rhode Island’s economic development.

R&D Resources

  • Bionanotechnology Lab – research emphasizes colloidal and interfacial science, self-assembly, and lipid biophysics.
  • Computational Intelligence and Self-Adaptive Systems Lab – designs intelligent computing systems that can think and act like a human brain.
  • Corrosion and Surfaces Lab – corrosion and mechanical testing to investigate degradation of coatings.
  • Dynamics Photomechanics Lab – solid mechanics, optics and laser research and materials testing.
  • High Performance Computing Lab – develops approaches to increasing the speeds of computers.
  • Mechanics of Materials Research Lab – studies advanced engineering materials subjected to complex loading under extreme temperature and environmental conditions.
  • Mechatronics Lab – provides state-of-the-art facilities and experimental setups related to field of Robotics.
  • Micro and Nanoscale Energy Lab – emphasizes the study of nanoscale thermal transport phenomena and their engineering applications in energy conversion and harvesting systems.
  • Microfluidics Lab – leverages the latest innovations in mechanical and chemical engineering to produce cutting-edge biological detection systems.
  • Next Generation Sensing Technology Lab – incorporates cutting-edge advances in wave optics, microwave photonics, and related areas into novel sensor technologies.
  • Pharmaceutical Engineering Lab – drug delivery research involving pharmaceutical engineering, biomedical engineering, physicochemical characterization of particle systems, and the development of in vitro cell models for evaluation.
  • Rhode Island Consortium for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology – a joint initiative between URI and Brown University to foster research collaboration and build infrastructure.
  • Rhode Island Transportation Research Lab – research in the areas of intelligent transportation infrastructure and systems for all modes of transportation.
  • Sustainable & Environmental Technologies Lab – develops, implements and evaluates efficient, safe and clean technologies to provide safe water.
  • Thermomechanics and Tribology Lab – makes use of experiments and analytical models in the areas of continuum mechanics to solve real-world engineering problems by implementing rational design.
  • Waterjet Lab – abrasive waterjet machining.
  • Machine Shop – machining tools ranging from simple hand tools to highly accurate computer-controlled manufacturing equipment.
  • Wearable Biosensing Lab – biomedical sensors and wearable embedded systems.
  • Wave Tank – used for a broad range of testing, including work on tsunamis, wave energy extraction, acoustic measurement of surface waves and wave-induced forcing on marine structures.

Polaris MEP is your connection to resources and inventors to help you develop next generation products for your customers. Technology Acceleration projects help you broaden your product line and keep you ahead of your competition.