Ranked a Tier One research university by the Carnegie Classification, UNT is at the forefront of new ideas and new technologies. In every corner of our campus, our researchers and scholars are discovering solutions to the grand challenges of the 21st century. We share this knowledge with the next generation so they can become the creative innovators and problem solvers of tomorrow.
Do plants hold the keys to replenishing the world’s resources and fighting disease? UNT is quickly becoming the place for plant science research, thanks to our growing team of plant science experts who are studying plant cells to find solutions for energy, agriculture, nutrition and medicine.
UNT’s green research started with water quality studies in the 1930s. Today, with recognized leadership in sustainability, biobased products and green technology development, we are showing the many ways We Mean Green. UNT offers 118 sustainability-related courses, and 81 faculty conduct sustainability-related research.
UNT’s four Institutes of Research Excellence bring solutions-based interdisciplinary research to industry and the marketplace.
- Advanced Environmental Research Institute (AERI): Conducts research in a wide array of areas related to local, regional, national and international environmental problems.
- Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Processes Institute (AMMPI): Designs high-performance materials for the aerospace, automotive and energy sectors.
- BioDiscovery Institute (BDI): Uses plants, forest products and other biomass for production of biopolymers, new biobased materials for construction and transportation, biofuels and bioactive small molecules with applications in agriculture and health care.
- Jim McNatt Institute for Logistics Research (JMI): Focuses on business logistics, economics, information technology, transportation and operations research solutions for public and private organizations.
Ranked 3rd in the nation by Software Advice for preparing students to manage supply chains effectively, UNT’s logistics program is ranked the world’s 5th best for research productivity by the International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management.
With world-class programs, UNT’s fast-growing College of Engineering is establishing itself as a pacesetter in developing energy-efficient materials, renewable products and technologies, and next-generation applications and materials. Our researchers in materials science are improving the design and performance of new and existing biological and man-made materials. And our mechanical and energy engineering researchers are addressing global demand for cheap, renewable energy and eco-friendly products.
UNT's campus features laboratories of all kinds where faculty push the boundaries of science, technology and creativity while providing students with hands-on experience to ready them for their future careers. UNT labs are partnering with industry experts to investigate, beta test and produce solutions and real-world applications.
- 342: UNT has 342 research labs and non-classroom creative spaces on campus.
- 2: UNT has one National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center and one I/UCRC site.
UNT's state-of-the-art labs and high-end research equipment are key to research that leads to discovery and solutions.
- ADVANCED: UNT's Materials Research Facility, a resource for UNT, other universities and industries, offers one of the most advanced combinations in the nation of high-tech instruments for materials and device analysis.
UNT is recognized by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security as having one of the nation's leading university-based programs in cybersecurity.
- EXCELLENCE: UNT's Center for Information and Computer Security is ranked as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education and National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research. UNT is one of about 35 universities in the nation to have received both designations.
STEM to STEAM
With distinguished researchers and scholars, UNT is helping lead the way in which art is part of the innovation equation alongside science, technology, engineering and math.
Researchers in UNT’s Advanced Environmental Research Institute, led by Atkinson, continue to push boundaries in the field of aquatic ecosystem restoration and aquatic ecology. And the North Texas region provides the perfect backdrop and diverse aquatic environments — especially the unique combination of aquatic ecosystems, prairies and wildlife — for UNT’s researchers to continue groundbreaking discoveries to support water conservation and restoration projects.