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INSTITUTE for MATERIAL and ADVANCED MANUFACTURING
Advanced Materials Center
The Advanced Materials Center actively conducts third party testing of materials for
regional and national businesses. The AMC coordinates and promotes educational, research
and public service activities for WKU faculty and students interested in materials
Director: Aaron Celestian
Applied Physics Center
The Applied Physics Center conducts research in the areas of homeland security, wireless
data communication, nuclear physics and engineering, nanosensors and electronics.
This multidisciplinary Center is internationally recognized for the development of
nuclear-based active interrogation technologies for non-intrusive, non-destructive
detection and characterization of chemical, radiological, nuclear and explosive threats.
Director: Vladimir Dobrokhotov
Engineering, Manufacturing and Commercialization Center (EMCC)
The mission of the EMCC is to synchronize WKU resources in engineering and manufacturing
with industrial need. The EMCC has resources to assist in prototype development,
PCB design and manufacturing, and software design. The center also has access to
Director: Stacy Wilson
Institute for Combustion Science and Environmental Technology (ICSET)
ICSET services include: polymer, fuel and pharmaceutical analysis, materials identification
and deformation, mercury emissions analysis and control, clean coal combustion technology,
carbon dioxide sequestration and catalyst development and evaluation.
Director: Yan Cao
Nondestructive Analysis (NOVA) Center
The NOVA Center houses the Large Chamber Scanning Electron Microscope (LC-SEM) used
for nanometrology, characterization, and analytical services for samples ranging from
1.5 m in diameter and 650 lbs to 50 nanometers. The LC-SEM has great potential for
in-situ observations of deformation behavior of materials and is the only instrument
of this type available to industry in North America.
Director: Edward Kintzel
INSTITUTE for ECOSYSTEM STUDIES
Center for Biodiversity Studies
The Center for Biodiversity Studies provides expertise in terrestrial and aquatic
ecology, taxonomy and systematics, evolutionary biology, conservation genetics, geographic
information systems, restoration ecology, and database management and eco-informatics.
The Center plays a pivotal role in the protection and management of numerous endangered
species and has a 1,300-acre River Biological Preserve as its natural laboratory.
Director: Scott Grubbs
Crawford Hydrology Laboratory
The Crawford Hydrology Laboratory provides field and laboratory services for groundwater flow investigations in both karst and non-karst areas. Employing a range of methods, we specialize in groundwater tracing with fluorescent dyes utilizing state of the art techniques. We provide quality supplies, analyses, and training for groundwater traces and conduct both full field investigations or planning and implementation guidance for client-run projects. The lab has extensive experience conducting groundwater investigations with service to clients and agencies throughout the US and world.
Center for Water Resource Studies
The Center for Water Resource Studies provides professional consulting and field and
laboratory services regarding groundwater tracing in karst and non-karst areas. This
Center focuses on improving water quality, public health and environmental health.
Expertise is available in drinking water and wastewater systems management.
Director: Jason Polk
Kentucky Climate Center (KCC)
The Kentucky Climate Center conducts research and provides a wide range of weather
and climate services. It serves as the State Climate Office for Kentucky and is a
partner with the National Weather Service, the National Centers for Environmental
Information, and the Midwestern Regional Climate Center. The Kentucky Mesonet, Kentucky's
statewide research-grade automated weather and climate monitoring infrastructure,
was developed and is operated as a program of the center. The Kentucky Climate Center
also maintains research and development partnerships and provides customized services
in support of public sector and business and industry.
Director: Stuart Foster
INFORMATICS and SECURITY INSTITUTE
Bioinformatics and Information Science Center (BISC)
BISC is an interdisciplinary community, with student engagement, that collaboratively
poses and solves problems in bioinformatics and information science. BISC provides
computing support through our High Performance Computing Center (HPCC)
Co-Directors: Claire Rinehart, Uta Ziegler and Rezaul Mahmood
HPCC System Adminstrators: Dex Wood and Jason Smith https://www.wku.edu/hpcc/
Applied Statistics Center (ASC)
The Applied Statistics Center creates opportunities for multi-disciplinary research
collaborations to provide clients with statistical analyses that help them make informed
Co-Directors: Melanie Autin and Ngoc Nguyen
Cyberdefense Laboratory (CDL)
The CDL conducts research to solve cyber security and counter cyber terrorism problems
for both civilian and military customers. The CDL also works on the protection and
encryption of digital data, identities, finances and transactions, and intrusion detection
and prevention methodologies. The CDL works to enhance the nation’s security from
external threat via computer intrusion, and contributes to the region’s economic development
by creating a highly-educated cyber defense workforce.
Director: Keith Andrew
OTHER ARTP CENTERS
Architecture Resource Center (ARC)
The Architecture Resource Center offers professional design services, construction
documentation production, and computer-generated rendering and animations. ARC provides
customized services to specifically meet the Architectural and Manufacturing needs
of the client.
Director: Neal Downing
Agriculture Research and Education Complex (AREC)
The AREC focuses on the areas of Turf grass management, livestock and forages, and
plant science. The construction of a research feedlot and collaborative efforts on
research and demonstration projects make the farm a major source of production information
for farmers and agribusiness in the region. Research is conducted in collaboration
with the USDA/ARS and many agricultural businesses.
Director: Linda Gonzales
Institute for Astrophysics and Space Science (IASS)
The IASS conducts research into the brightness variations in Active Galactic Nuclei,
the composition and structure of extragalactic jets, and detection of extra solar
planets. The Institute is designing a global network of fully autonomous astronomical
observatories and provides mentored research activities for students.
Director: Mike Carini
Center for Aging
The Center for Aging conducts applied aging research and prepares aging advocates
to work with older adults, their families and their communities. The Center for Aging
contributes to the knowledge on aging populations and enhances local capacity for
older adults and the communities in which they live through dissemination of community
based research, best practices, and sponsorship activities.
Director: Dana Bradley
The Biotechnology Center has molecular biology instrumentation for performing DNA,
RNA and protein analyses such as DNA sequencing, PCR and real-time PCR, electrophoresis,
microscopy, spectroscopy and other common laboratory protocols. The primary goal is
to expand student research and training opportunities and provide support for faculty
Director: Rodney King
Social Science Research Center (SSRC)
The SSRC conducts social scientific research, including social surveys, political
polls, evaluation research projects, and marketing research projects. The SSRC develops
simple or sophisticated sampling designs to collect social scientific data using mailed
questionnaires, telephone interviews, web-based questionnaires, focus groups, or in-person
Director: Jerry Daday
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