Research Equipment and InstrumentsResearch facilities include a small vacuum chamber used for space thruster design, facility for production of carbon nanotubes, and a wide selection of equipment used to measure flow velocities in gaseous and liquid media. Several microscopes are available for observing nanoscale inorganic and biological samples.
Design and Fabrication
The SEAS Machine Shop is located in Tompkins Halls. Authorized students can utilize a wide range of machining equipment as well as various laser and EDM cutters. A 3D printer is available for rapid prototyping with ABS plastic.
MAE students have access to the SEAS Computing Facility located on the 4th floor of Tompkins Hall. This facility includes several large PC, Linux and Apple labs. In addition, the university operates several computational clusters. Research2 is an older cluster that can be used for general computational work. The Department of Electrical Engineering Pyramid cluster contains 1048 CPU Opteron cores distributed across 131 nodes. 8Gb of memory is available on each node. Access to this resource must be facilitated through the graduate research advisor.