Applied Research Centers
Students interested in research opportunities with one of the ARTP Centers and its affiliated faculty members should contact the Center Directors below for more information.
The Advanced Materials Center provides access to advanced scientific instrumentation for the characterization of materials in support of the educational, research and public service missions of WKU for faculty and students interested in materials science. AMI also actively conducts third party testing of materials for local, regional and national businesses and governmental agencies.
The Applied Physics Institute conducts research in the areas of homeland security,
wireless data communication, nuclear physics and engineering, nanosensors and electronics.
This multidisciplinary Institute 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
Applied Physics Institute Page
The Biodiversity Center 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
Biodiversity Center Page
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)
Director: Claire Rinehart
Bioinformatics and Information Science Center Page
HPCC System Adminstrators: Dex Wood and Jason Smith https://www.wku.edu/hpcc/
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
Biotechnology Center Page
Center for Human GeoEnvironmental Studies (CHNGES)
The Center for Human GeoEnvironmental Studies (CHNGES) is an interdisciplinary Center founded in the environmental geosciences with its focus at the nexus of climate, water, sustainability, karst geoscience, and human-environmental interactions. We strive to integrate research, education, outreach, and communication to bridge disciplines and gaps in socio-environmental research, provide student engagement opportunities, and increase public understanding and stakeholder awareness. The Center houses multiple labs, including the HydroAnalytical commercial and research water analysis lab and the EnviroLOS environmental education studio, focused on providing student training and professional services to the community, industry, and its partners. We emphasize applied research and outreach, both nationally and internationally, to produce meaningful outcomes that foster positive changes in behavior and understanding related to socio-environmental challenges. The Center’s mission is to establish itself as a leader in applied research and student engagement at the national and international levels through new and innovative approaches to addressing human-geoenvironmental challenges.
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.
Director: Shane Palmquist
Engineering Center for Innovation Page
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
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: Ivan Novikov
Nova Center Page
The Thermal Analysis Lab provides access to advanced scientific instrumentation for the measurement of the thermal properties of materials in support of the educational, research and public service missions of WKU for faculty and students requiring thermal analysis data. AMI also actively conducts third party thermal analysis of samples for local, regional and national businesses and governmental agencies.
The Disaster Science Operations Center (DSOC) integrates critical decision support and disaster security access and opportunities across public, private, government, and academic sectors through student-centered experiential learning and applied research.