The Center for Applied Research and Technology
Designated the Mt. Pleasant "SmartZone," The Center for Applied Research and Technology at CMU includes extremely high-speed connectivity to the National Science Foundation's Research Network and the Internet, and fosters high tech businesses that require a synergistic relationship with a research-intensive university like Central Michigan.
Dow Science Building
The Chemistry department moved into its new facilities in the Dow Science Building in 1992. The 60,000 square foot facility contains 10 state-of-the-art research laboratories, which will accommodate forty undergraduate and graduate student researchers. Twenty faculty laboratories adjoin the research labs. In addition, special labs house the instrumentation for nuclear magnetic resonance, laser spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, polymer characterization and X-ray diffraction. A research station on the Beaver Island campus in Lake Michigan offers a specialized site for departmental research in water chemistry.
The newly renovated Park Library maintains active subscriptions to over 4,800 journals and scholarly publications. The library offers access to hundreds of online research databases and thousands of titles through high-speed Internet connections. Since completion of renovations earlier this year, Park Library now offers access to several computer-training classrooms, expanded conference areas, and a 100 seat auditorium with full audio/visual mediation.
Chemistry Department Library
A collection of bound research journals is kept within the department library, and complete research holdings are located in nearby Park Library. These research tools are supplemented by the holdings of the Michigan Molecular Institute in Midland, Michigan, which is affiliated with CMU. A specialized polymer science collection is housed at the MMI complex.
Chemistry Research Instrumentation
Chemical instrumentation available for research activities includes GC, GC/MS, high temperature GPC, HPLC, UV-VIS, FT-IR, FT-NMR, AA, single crystal and powder X-ray diffraction, fluorescence, Raman, and thermal analysis equipment including DSC, TGA and DMA, cold/freezer room and centrifuges.
Industrial Engineering Technology Building
The IET building contains numerous labs, including Automotive, CAD/CAM, Construction, Electronic Design, Graduate Seminar, Graphics, Industrial Education, Instrumentation, Manufacturing, Materials Testing, Mechanical, Metals, Plastics, and Robotics/Automation. IET is a part of the College of Science and Technology. The College consists of eight departments with several major/minor options, graduate programs and several interdisciplinary programs. Departments and programs maintain their own Web pages with information about majors, minors, graduate programs, assistantships, faculty, and facilities. Departments: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geography, Geology, Industrial & Engineering Technology, Mathematics (also Statistics and Actuarial Science), and Physics (also Astronomy and Physical Science).
Geographic Information Systems Center
The GIS Center was established in 1994 to facilitate and handle the rapidly increasing amounts of spatially referenced data for central and northern Michigan. The GIS Center, housed in the Department of Geography, is well equipped with hardware and software, enabling it to engage in many research projects evolving from grants, contracts, and various other sources. Database engines include both ORACLE and ACCESS. The Center acts as a repository for government data sets. U.S. Bureau of the Census TIGER line files, Digital Raster Graphics (DRG) data, LandView III maps of selected EPA regulated sites, and NIMA digital maps are available for use to researchers and students.
Geography Teaching and Research Labs
GIS/Remote Sensing Computer Labs
Intergraph and Dell computers are used for data servers and workstations. Peripheral devices include digitizers, scanners, large and small format color printers and plotters. Two large computer laboratories are available.
The Department was recently awarded a National Science Foundation grant to purchase additional laboratory equipment for geomorphology, hydrology, and soils classes. Among the resources available for class projects and individual student research:
- Survey grade Trimble global positioning units
- Soil testing units with spectrophotometers
- Sieve shakers for soil textural analysis, ovens for organic matter determination, and fume hood
- Hundreds of USDA soil survey manuals from around the country
- Laser leveling units
- Water quality testing units
- 15-foot flume to model fluvial landforms
Primary software packages are ERDAS Imagine, ESRI ArcView and ARC/INFO, and Intergraph MGE and GeoMedia.