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Instrumentation
While equipment dedicated to teaching in engineering and information technology will suffice for most expected areas of research, some specialized instrumentation and facilities must be incorporated into the research infrastructure of the university. Such equipment should be identified in appropriate consultation with the research and academic advisory committees (internal and external) so as to maximize the benefit to the research and education community while minimizing costs. Among equipment or instruments that might be included are:
  • High resolution, scanning electron microscope (SEM) with an environmental stage/analyzer for material and product characterization analysis, among other things.
  • Energy dispersion analyzer for elemental analysis
  • X-ray spectroscope for elemental analysis
  • X-ray diffractometer with goniometer and tilting stage
  • Microhardness testers for mechanical characterization of materials
  • General use IT equipment including: servers, data storage, networking, work stations, simulation packages, parallel computing capabilities
  • High-performance IT equipment including: IBM eServer pSeries, 2TB disk storage; SGI Origin 2000; Beowulf clusters with 4 nodes; HP Itanium, Dual Xeon processor, or other specialized IT equipment as required
  • Mechanical: Dynamic tensile/compression testing equipment for materials advanced mechanical behavior research
  • Chemistry
    • Gas spectrograph
    • Gas chronograph
    • Microprobe analyzer