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Subject Matter Centers


AgWeatherNet (AWN) provides access to current and historical weather data from Washington State University’s automated network of nearly 400 solar-powered weather stations across Washington. along with a range of models and decision aids. The weather data, advisories, data products, and decision support systems provided by AWN and WSU can help improve production and product quality, optimize resource use, and reduce environmental impact.

Center for Precision & Automated Agricultural Systems

The mission of the Center for Precision & Automated Agricultural Systems (CPAAS) is to advance the science and practice of agricultural automation and precision farming in Washington State and beyond. CPAAS research addresses smart agriculture, precision farming, agricultural mechanization, and agricultural robotics. CPAAS is physically located at the Prosser Irrigated Agriculture Research & Extension Center (IAREC) in Prosser, WA.

Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources

The Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources (CSANR) fosters approaches to agriculture and natural resource stewardship that are economically viable, environmentally sound, and socially responsible. CSANR works on many diverse issues, which are captured in three overarching themes: Sustaining Agricultural Production, Food Systems Innovation, and Agriculture in the Environment. In support of WSU’s land grant mission, CSANR focuses on discovery, engagement, and application.

Center for Transformational Learning and Leadership

The Center for Transformational Learning and Leadership (CTLL) provides students, faculty, staff, alumni, and external partners with value-added opportunities that allow people to get MORE out of their professional and personal experiences. The mission of the CTLL is to support people in Making connections, creating Opportunities to transform and inspire, Realizing their own purpose and helping others do the same, and Expanding their potential as leaders to build a sustainable, global community.

Clean Plant Center Northwest

The Clean Plant Center Northwest is a collaborative effort of scientists, researchers, nurseries, and growers. We work together to increase the economic sustainability of specialty crop production in the United States. The program emphasizes the management of diseases caused by viruses and virus-like agents that affect vegetatively propagated perennial plants including fruit trees, grapevines, and hop plants.

Composite Materials and Engineering Center

The Composite Materials and Engineering Center (CMEC) is an interdisciplinary research facility administered through the College of Engineering and Architecture at Washington State University. The CMEC provides a unified program of research, education, and technology transfer in the areas of sustainable composite materials, processing innovations, and enhanced design methodologies for structural performance and public safety.

Decision Aid System

The WSU Decision Aid System (DAS)  is the premier source of time-sensitive information for management of Washington State tree fruits. This web-based platform runs insect, disease, disorder, and horticultural models to estimate the current status of the issue, and links that to appropriate management and pesticide recommendations. DAS is a comprehensive system that incorporates weather data from WSU-AgWeatherNet and the commercial weather provider Darksky ( as well as information from the WSU Orchard Pest Management Online and Crop Protection Guide.

Honey Bee and Pollinator Research, Extension, and Education Facility

The new Honey Bee and Pollinator Research, Extension, and Education Facility offers a new home for development of the world’s best programs to help save the bees. Opened in spring 2020 near Othello, WA, this new facility will house most of WSU’s Honey Bee and Pollinator program. The location benefits the beekeeping industry, as it is close to the pollinator-dependent agriculture of central Washington. The facility will promote increased collaboration and allow for enhanced short courses, demonstrations, and classes, which will directly benefit the agricultural industry since honey bees are vital to our food supply.


The IMPACT Center, located in the School of Economic Sciences at Washington State University, addresses economic, social, political, and technical problems that affect the competitiveness of Washington’s agriculture and related sectors. Being positioned in a major land grant university enables the IMPACT Center to draw on expertise and knowledge from an array of researchers in a wide range of fields. The IMPACT Center provides Washington agricultural exporters with the science and technology they need to be successful in today’s global market by utilizing the expertise of university scientists in research, education, and communication to solve marketing problems and transfer technology to agricultural exporters.

Washington Stormwater Center 

The mission of the Washington Stormwater Center is to provide stormwater management solutions and leadership through research, training, and education. The Washington Stormwater Center studies the impact of stormwater on organisms, researches solutions to stormwater effects including source controls and green stormwater infrastructure, develops innovative science-based techniques to improve the efficiency and adoption of low impact development practices, and helps foster the development and use of new stormwater technologies.

Wine Science Center

WSU, in partnership with the Washington wine industry, is building a world-class wine research and education program that will support the growth of the state’s wine industry by providing viticulture and enology professionals the technical know-how to meet the needs of this vital economic segment. Central to the program is the Wine Science Center, a state-of-the-art facility located in the heart of wine country on the WSU Tri-Cities campus. It will serve as a focal point to spark innovation, fuel economic development, support national and international collaboration, and provide research breakthroughs. The research and teaching conducted are specific to the challenges and opportunities faced by grape-growers and wine-makers in the Pacific Northwest.