Innovating New Solutions



Mission Statement

Perform leading edge basic and applied research in electrical and mechanical engineering, with a special emphasis on applied engineering leading to prototype development in electromechanical devices and systems with high specific power, force, and/or energy storage or other unique attributes. Imbedded in this mission is educating and developing students and CEM staff members into engineering leaders of tomorrow.

Vision Statement

For CEM to be internationally renowned in its mission area.
For CEM’s people to be internationally renowned in their areas of expertise.


emals launch

F-35 Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS)

UT CEM was integral in developing the first prototype Electromagnetic Launch system. It’s exciting to see this innovative technology in action on the USS Gerald Ford!

Microgrid Control

Exerting Control

Xianyong Feng and Bob Hebner of CEM along with collaborators A. Shekhar and P. Bauer of Delft University and F. Yang of the University of Wisconsin Plattesville have just published the paper, “Comparison of Hierarchical Control and Distributed Control for Microgrids”. Just like a university, a company, or a country, a microgrid can have a very hierarchical or a very distributed management structure

Texas Innovations

Community Impact Report - Making Innovation Real

Because of their discoveries, The University of Texas System stands as one of the most influential innovation centers in the world, with scientists, educators, care providers, and administrators constantly pursuing ideas aimed at improving all aspects of the human condition.
This report showcases just a few of the stories that speak to the tangible impact that UT innovators and entrepreneurs are making on Texas, the nation, and the world. We invite you to check back regularly to learn about even more discoveries and important work. This report showcases CEM’s unique real-time simulation and Hardware-in-the-Loop environment for developing and deploying grid control and protection solutions.

Rural Power Lines

CEM to Lead Rural Energy Grid Project

The Department of Energy has selected the Center for Electromechanics (CEM) in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin to lead a new $1.6 million project to develop the technology needed to bring the reliable and efficient emerging electrical grid to rural parts of Texas and the nation.

Application Areas

Our approach involves participation in a continuum of research projects, each contributing to our knowledge base and core competencies while leveraging the results and experiences gained in previous projects. We intend to always be on the forefront of the new age of electrification by applying our fundamental understanding of the technologies involved to an increasing number of novel application areas.