The vision of the NSF Engineering Research Center is to revolutionize metallic biomaterials and underlying sciences and technologies leading to engineered systems that will interface with the human body to prolong and improve quality of life, coupled with the development of a vibrant, diverse workforce well-prepared for the multidisciplinary and global challenges and opportunities of the new millennium.

The major goal is to revolutionize metallic biomaterials and smart coatings with built-in responsive biosensory capabilities which can adapt to biological changes to create novel bio-functional Engineered Systems: Craniofacial and Orthopedic Applications, Cardiovascular and Thoracic Devices, and Responsive Biosensors and Neural Applications.