USU Microscopy Core Facility

The Microscopy Core Facility at Utah State University is a research service unit managed by the Office of Research and Graduate Studies. The facility maintains a scanning electron microscope equipped with EDS/EBSD system, acquired through NSF MRI under grant number CMMI-1337932, multiple microscopy sample preparation tools, and a laser dissection microscope. The facility provides microscopy service, project consultation, and user training for scanning electron microscopy, sample preparation tools and laser dissection microscopy. The Facility operates on a membership basis to all USU faculty, staff, and students; and a fee-for-service for non-members of USU, non-USU academic institutions, and industry. The facility also provide class demonstrations and K-12 outreach free of charge. Please contact us by email fenann.shen@usu.edu or phone (435)797-8560.

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Utah Center for High Performance Computing

Over its more than 25-year history, the Center for High Performance Computing at the University of Utah has focused on cost effectively realizing and enabling the research computing needs for the University and its partner institutions. CHPC currently employs 29 staff members (19 full-time and 10 part-time student) with broad research computing expertise across many domains, from HPC and advanced networking to virtual machines, data, and protected environments. CHPC currently supports more than 300 research groups and manages over 22,000 cores and over 13 PB of RAID configured spinning disks. CHPC also leverages the national cyberinfrastructure for resources and training, including serving as Champions for XSEDE, as partners in the ACI-REF (Advanced Cyberinfrastructure Research and Education Facilitators) program, and as a member of RMACC (Rocky Mountain Advanced Computing Consortium).

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Energy Technology Research and Innovation Lab (Prof. Wang)

Dr. Wang conducts a wide range of research and technology development work in the areas of energy efficiency and renewable energy. His research has been supported by various federal (DOE, DOD, ARPA-E) and state agencies (ONAMI, BEST, OSUVDF), as well as large corporations (Cummins, Medtronic). The long-term goal of the research is to create a sustainable energy future through fundamental research and technology innovations.

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Experimental Fluid Dynamics Lab (Prof. Smith)

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Mechanics at Extreme Temperatures Lab (Prof. Berke)

Our research focus is in the mechanical characterization of solids and structures in challenging environments, and at high temperatures in particular. Our lab uses advanced imaging techniques to extract full-field, in situ strain and temperature measurements across multiple length scales. These techniques are applied to a wide variety of advanced high temperature materials (including metals, ceramics, and composites), with applications geared towards the energy, aerospace, and nuclear industries. We are especially interested in the role that environment plays on a material's ability to withstand heterogeneous failure mechanisms such as fracture, fatigue, and creep.

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Multiscale Mechanics & Physics of Materials Lab (Prof. Liu)

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nanoscale Thermal Energy Lab (Prof. Roberts)

The nanoscale Thermal Energy Lab is directed by Prof. Nick Roberts of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at Utah State University. Our goal is to understand and predict thermal energy transport in nanostructured materials to apply to energy conversion, storage, and management.

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SPLASH Lab (Prof. Truscott)

The Splash Lab seeks to unravel the physical mechanisms of fluid behaviors, through a novel 3D volumetric measurement method known as Synthetic Aperture Imaging and imbedded instrumentation (e.g., accelerometers, etc). We experimentally analyze fluid systems such as fluid-structure interactions, multi-phase flows, and free surface phenomena. Currently, we are funded by the Office of Naval Research and the National Science Foundation to improve our imaging techniques and elucidate topics from skipping balls to projectile water entry. Most of our projects are fun and interesting as we try to make them accessible to the public through high quality photography and video production!

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