There are currently four participating universities in CBERD. These are:
- South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
- University of Hawai’i at Manoa
- State University of New York Stony Brook
- North Carolina State University
Three of these site universities are land-grant that incorporate agricultural colleges as well as engineering colleges within their campus framework. Each university brings a special uniqueness to the overall strength of the center. Universities span across the continental United States as well as Hawaii.