The Departments of Biology, Physics and Chemistry house an impressive number of instrumentation centers.
Computer Support Groups
The Research Systems Engineering Group (RSEG) in the Department of Chemistry and the Biocomputing office in the Department of Biology provide support for the nearly 600 computer systems located in the departments as well as assisting with specialized networks necessary to interconnect the varied systems. In addition, these groups specialize in the design and construction of unique computer interfaces for data acquisition and instrument control. A specialized laboratory at the RCEG facility allows the design and construction of multilayer printed circuit boards as well as the use of modern surface-mount components.
Electronic Instrument Services
The Departments of Chemistry and Biology each house Electronic Instrument shops that provide services for the design, modification, construction, and repair of chemical and electronic instrumentation. The shops are equipped with modern CAD, assembly, and test equipment. The Chemistry department provides space and support for students and researchers to work independently or in conjunction with the engineering staff.
Both routine and unique glassware are fabricated in the Glass Shop, staffed by a professional glassblower. Specialized equipment—including two lathes, drills, saws, and glass grinding and polishing equipment—are available.
Mechanical Instrumentation Shop
The Chemistry department also contans a Mechanical Instrument Services Facility (MIS), a well-equipped machine shop staffed by seven instrument makers. In addition to mechanical lathes and milling machines, three computer-driven (CNC) milling machines are used in the construction of original, unique, or commercially unavailable apparatus for the department. Apparatus design, sheet metal shops, and heliarch welding, as well as high vacuum construction and leak testing facilities, are also available. A fully equipped student shop is available, and instruction is given to students who wish to construct their own equipment.