COPE's research, education, and workforce development philosophy focuses on the central tenets of integration and diversity.

Integrate various materials to make new devices. Increase the relevance of research and educational programs for all stakeholders. Ensure that new discoveries impact policy, commerce, and homeland security. Foster education and research on a local, national, and international level.

Work on truly interdisciplinary problems that require diverse scientific and engineering backgrounds. Embrace a variety of perspectives, with respect to how to best serve society. Bring people of different genders and ethnic backgrounds together to create a workforce that is truly reflective of the diversity of the population of the United States.