About the Center

The CaliBaja Center for Resilient Materials & Systems brings together multidisciplinary teams of researchers and scholars to design materials and systems for extreme environments including ultra-high temperatures, extreme pressures and deformations, radiation and acidic conditions. Innovations and advancements in technologies for aerospace, energy, nuclear, biomedical, and national security applications are critically dependent on the design and performance enhancement of new materials and devices that thrive under extreme conditions.

One of the major objectives of the CaliBaja Center is to build research and education collaborations with international partners in the area of extreme materials and devices, medical device manufacturing, and environmental technologies.

Center Expertise


We develop and manufacture new materials and devices principally for the aerospace, energy, biomedical, pharmaceutical and environmental industries, including advanced materials for jet engines, next-generation nuclear reactors, and biomedical devices.


We develop new technologies that can provide information, statistics and trends on the environment and climate of CaliBaja.


We produce global scientists and engineers who can connect and communicate across borders. These professionals not only develop new technologies, but are also socially engaged and have the necessary cultural understanding to promote economic growth in the CaliBaja region. Center researchers connect the humanities, environmental sciences, and social sciences to promote student mobility and scientific collaborations across the Tijuana-San Diego border. The busiest border in the world, CaliBaja is a place where social and economic extremes collide and converge to form a unique social fabric and an emerging bi-national identity. The region is home to 6.5 million people and represents the largest concentrated population along the US-Mexico border. Via Center activities, participants strive to theorize and examine the verbal narratives (fictional and nonfictional) and the visual narratives (art, architecture, and mapmaking) about the border, and their implication for imagining the future of the region. In addition, Center members partner with institutions in Tijuana, Mexicali, and Ensenada to involve students from both sides of the border in technology development, writing programs, and visual projects that engage them in the exploration and production of bi-national narratives. The San Diego-Tijuana border can be perceived as a place of extreme friction and confrontation, where militaristic and security concerns are paramount, but there also exists the concept of the border as a place of encounter, acceptance of cultural differences, cooperation, as well as environmental and economic integration. Between these conflicting two poles, however, there are diverse views and experiences that produce a spectrum of narratives about the region that we wish to explore.

A Collaborative Center

Collaborations between great CaliBaja institutions will yield 21st Century technologists with the necessary cultural understanding to form lasting educational, social and business links across both sides of the border in CaliBaja.

UC San Diego

Centro de Nanociencias y Nanotecnología (CNyN-UNAM) in Ensenada
*a satellite campus in Ensenada of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)

Centro de Investigación Científica y de Educación Superior de Ensenada