GCU’s College of Engineering and Technology Research Topics

The College of Engineering and Technology at Grand Canyon University offers opportunities for research in engineering and technology fields. Engage in projects, labs and workshops that provide a stimulating environment to satisfy your intellectual curiosity and foster innovation in the following areas:

  • Aerospace engineering
  • Artificial intelligence (AI)
  • Biomechanics
  • Biomedical engineering
  • Cloud computing
  • Computer science
  • Cybersecurity
  • Embedded development and systems
  • Machine learning (ML)
  • Microgravity
  • Prototype medical and non-medical equipment
  • Robotics
  • Virtual reality

The College of Engineering and Technology encourages academic excellence by supporting publications, workshops, labs and more. We aim to provide opportunities for students to explore ideas, analyze information and enrich their overall learning experiences.

GCU student in engineering lab

Research and Design Programs (RDPs) for Additional Student Success


The Research and Design Program (RDP) at GCU represents an exciting opportunity for you to engage in faculty research, design and development projects. By enrolling in this program, you can pursue experiences to help you find your purpose, explore your interests and unlock potential opportunities for graduate and medical school programs, internships and careers.

STEM students in engineering lab

RDP Opportunities

When you participate in the RDPs, you may have the opportunity to work alongside faculty in a wide variety of ways, such as earning authorship on presentations and publications and attending professional conferences. You can use RDP opportunities, such as the ones listed below, to enhance your academic experience in the College of Engineering and Technology’s research program.

The engineering shops are available to everyone and even non-engineering students are welcome. I could go in and get hands-on experience on my own. I talked to one of the professors on my Discover trip and definitely got a strong feeling that GCU wanted to foster my progress and see me succeed.

Olivia Zamora, BS in Biomedical Engineering, Class of 2022

The Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML) and Robotics Lab RDPs at GCU are designed to give you hands-on skills to discover microcomputers through reinforced learning. You will also have the opportunity to optimize AI models and detect threats from cybersecurity to diseases, program robotics, discuss theory and patterns, develop algorithms and so much more.

The Hybrid Rocket Design program serves as a hub to connect, motivate and inspire students who are interested in aerospace engineering. With new trends in aerospace engineering, reusable and low-cost commercial rockets are needed. The Hybrid Rocket Design program has potential to deliver alternative solutions to the ever-increasing private sector market.

University Groups and Workshops for Student Research Initiatives

The college offers a variety of skill-building workshops and opportunities for you to explore. Each workshop examines different avenues of creating, building and innovating, with hopes of empowering you to unleash your potential and shape a brighter future for generations to come. Explore additional on-campus facilities, such as our technology and engineering labs, that offer STEM students additional resources and workspaces to innovate and transform ideas into reality.

In a world of technology, GCU’s Tech Club can help innovate, create and explore the endless possibilities of the technology research topics and industry. Tech Club is a student organization that welcomes all majors to explore the exciting world of technology. With a diverse range of committees to choose from, including Cybersecurity, Girls Who Code, Hardware and Website Development and Embedded Development, you can explore various aspects of the tech industry.

Through engaging workshops, projects and networking events, Tech Club can help you enhance your technical skills, foster creativity and build lasting connections with like-minded peers. Whether you’re interested in coding, cybersecurity or embedded systems, Tech Club offers a platform for you to grow in the ever-evolving field of technology.

Step into a world of engineering excellence at GCU with our engineering clubs. Whether you're passionate about robotics, aspire to solve practical challenges with American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), seeking connections and technical abilities with Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), or want to design and race formula 1 vehicles with Canyon Motorsports, there's a club for you. Further, the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) can empower women in engineering while the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) can provide hands-on experience in biomedical engineering. Join these (and many more) dynamic clubs and supercharge your engineering journey at GCU. No matter your interest or career path, our engineering clubs are here to enrich your educational experience, foster lifelong connections and prepare you for a future in the world of engineering.

At Labellelabs, we are focused on helping entrepreneurial scientists/engineers design and prototype medical (and non-medical) products in connection with GCU’s innovation center, referred to as Canyon Ventures. You will have the opportunity to study new skills while developing novel technologies.

The Cyber Center of Excellence (CCE) at GCU is a cyber facility program that focuses on providing education, training, research and innovation in the field of cybersecurity. You have the opportunity to tackle cybersecurity challenges through the lab’s interdisciplinary approach, facilities and industry connections to potentially become cybersecurity professionals capable of addressing the ever-increasing threats to information security. Explore the CCE to stay at the forefront of the rapidly evolving cybersecurity landscape.

This group studies the application of biomedical engineering principles to practical problems. Projects within the research group touch all aspects of biomedical engineering, with many focusing on biomedical devices, medical imaging, 3D Printing and biomechanics. As medicine is a multidisciplinary field, this group is open to students of all majors and interests and aims to make a difference in the world. New members may choose one or more of our ongoing projects or propose their own projects based on personal interests.

I thought they [GCU workshops] would only be for people who are taking specific classes. At GCU I could use the equipment whenever I wanted to and work on my own projects! I’ve never had an opportunity like that before.

Savannah Moffitt, BS in Mechanical Engineering, Class of 2023

Scholars and Research Publications

GCU offers research on technology and engineering, including teaching publications that can facilitate excellence and foster growth among students, through faculty-driven initiatives and services that foster a community of learning and opportunity.