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Our students and faculty know what tomorrow needs. Acoustics engineering focuses on making spaces sound the best they can by analyzing complex sound waves, testing new materials, and building sound-cancelling devices. That matters because in places like hospitals, noisy heating and cooling units affect people’s ability to recover from illness and prevent airborne infection.

Abadi Lab

Abadi Lab

Abadi Lab at Michigan Tech is an interdisciplinary lab focusing on solving problems at the interface of materials, mechanics, and nanoscience. Our lab employs advanced manufacturing techniques such as 3D printing, bioprinting, and chemical vapor deposition to explore various engineering applications of advanced materials ranging from structural and electronic materials to tissue engineering and medical devices. A great focus of our lab is on conductive nanomaterials especially carbon nanotubes, carbon nanotube forests, graphene, and conductive nanomaterials incorporated in polymer composites.

Location: MEEM 1004
Contact: Parisa Pour Shahid Saeed Abadi


Alternative Energy Research Building (AERB)

Alternative Energy Research Building (AERB)

The AERB is a 4,000-square-foot building dedicated to alternative energy research. The all‐new facilities include a laboratory with unique equipment to study fundamental combustion and sprays; a fuel cell laboratory with an environmental chamber capable of reaching –40 degrees Celsius; and a wind flow laboratory used to study topics including the effects of variable-geometry wind turbine blades. The building also facilitates a full‐scale 50 kW biomass-fueled, grid‐connected generator and a vehicle hoist of NVH experimentation.

In addition to the state-of-the art combustion vessel laboratory, the facility includes an air compressor room, a gas storage room, a mixing vessel enclosure, an equipment preparation room, and a control and monitoring room.

Location: Lahti Building (Hancock, MI)
Contact: Jeff Naber, Jaclyn Johnson


Computational Mechanics and Machine Learning Lab

Computational Mechanics and Machine Learning Lab

We draw ideas from diverse disciplines such as computational mechanics, applied mathematics, and machine learning to model complex deformation of two-dimensional materials, model failure of materials, couple atomistic and continuum methods, solve inverse problems, accelerate material design, and quantify uncertainty. We have access to Superior HPC shared facility at MTU. We have four high performance Dell Precision Tower Workstations at our computational lab.

Location: High-Performance Computing Facility
Contact: Susanta Ghosh


Yongchao Yang Dynamics and Intelligent Systems Group

Dynamics and Intelligent Systems (DIS) Group

We aim to understand dynamics behaviors of structures and systems and enable intelligent engineering systems. Our specific research includes Sensing, Modeling, Analysis, and Control of dynamic structures and systems, spanning the broad areas of system identification and control and experimental and computational mechanics, combining approaches from machine (deep) learning and computer vision with optical and acoustical tools.

Contact: Yongchao Yang


Energy-X Lab

Energy-X Lab

Energy eXploration Laboratory is a research group that specializes in energy science and technology. The increasing global demand for energy has stimulated intense research on energy conversion and storage systems. Our group explores to improve energy efficiency, reliability, and economy of the process, component or system X; with X being our target technological area which spans from the energy sector to environmental applications.

Location: MEEM 501
Contact: Sajjad Bigham


Ion Space Propulsion Lab

Ion Space Propulsion Lab

The focus of the Ion Space Propulsion Lab (Isp Lab) is to develop and study next-generation thruster systems that use electrical energy to propel spacecraft. Electromagnetic forces are used to manipulate and exhaust ionized gases, producing reactive forces on in-space vehicles. The so-called “plasma thrusters” can only operate in the vacuum of space, so the Isp Lab maintains large, space-simulation chambers that enable ground-based testing of full-scale flight systems.

Current projects include xenon and magnesium Hall-effect thrusters that are used to raise the orbits of geostationary communications satellites, arcjets that are used to maintain orbits against gravitational perturbations, and electrospray microthrusters that are used to maneuver cell-phone-sized nanosatellites.

Location: MEEM B007C
Contact: Lyon (Brad) King


Micro-EOS Lab

Micro Electrical and Optical Sensing (µ-EOS) Lab

The µ-EOS Lab focuses on developing optical and electrical diagnostics of cellular physiological changes such as proliferation, migration, apoptosis, and so on. In addition to the opto-electrical examination of cells, this lab also works on micro/nano-fabrications and microfluidics. This lab is well equipped with dark room facility ready for fluorescent imaging. This lab currently holds two microscopies equipped with bright field, phase contrast, interference reflection, total internal reflection fluorescence, and epi-fluorescence optical components with help of the state of art 'electron multiplying charge coupled device (EMCCD) which allows very low intensity measurement. Another primary portion of this lab is the 'micro-impedance system', which consists of an SR830 lock-in amplifier, SCXI-1331 switch, DAQ board, along with other resistors. The corresponding data acquisition and analysis has been implemented for this system using LabVIEW software. Those optical and electrical capabilities are employed to develop a dynamic microfluidic cellular environment system, to examine the dynamic morphological evolution of cells, and to detect transport rates of various proteins in a live cell. In addition to the opto-electrical examination of cells, this lab also works on micro/nano-fabrications, microscale heat transfer (thin film evaporation), and microfluidics.

Soft Lithography Laboratory

The Soft Lithography Lab was being established in order to facilitate rapid fabrication of microfluidic systems in polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS), a soft silicon material. This lab is a departmental facility that includes a benchtop fume hood and a walk-in fumehood. Microchannel networks are fabricated by producing a negative of the microfluidic channels using a photoresist, the spin coater, a mask and the UV lamp. The PDMS can be cast and cured over the channel negative easily maintaining dimensions as small as 5 micrometers. Once cured, the PDMS block having the microchannels can be pealed off of the photoresist and placed in the plasma cleaner with another material (glass, plastic or PDMS) where the surfaces are ionized. The ionization takes only a few minutes, then the PDMS with the channels can be bonded to the second material by placing the materials in contact. A complex network of microchannels can be fabricated and bonded within an afternoon.

Cell Culture Room

This lab is open to our department faculty and students. This room owns autoclave, -20 and -80°C freezer, refrigerators, refrigerators, balance, vortex mixer, CO2 incubators, and laminar flow culture hood.

Location: MEEM 1002 (Main Lab), MEEM 1005 (Photolithography), MEEM 1006 (Cell Culture Room)
Contact: Chang Kyoung Choi


Mobile Lab

Mobile Lab

The Mobile Lab travels the country, providing hands-on professional-development training for engineers, technicians, and managers, as well as STEM outreach opportunities. On campus, the Mobile Lab is used for several Michigan Tech courses. 

The basis of the Mobile Lab is a semitrailer with an expandable side, providing a comfortable, climate-controlled classroom. The lab includes two fully functional powertrain test cells. The test cells can be configured with spark-ignited or diesel engines or electric motors and can be set up to function as a hybrid powertrain.  The test cells use AC dynamometers and include instrumentation for combustion and emissions analysis. The embedded control systems are used for rapid prototyping, and the cells can run fully automated. A fleet of twenty instrumented light-, medium-, and heavy-duty test vehicles and a vehicle-chassis dynamometer accompany the Mobile Lab.

The Mobile Lab provides over two dozen hands-on professional-development short courses at the customer’s location. Courses are available in electric machines and power electronics, batteries, engines, controls, instrumentation, data processing, and other areas. Custom course requests are always welcome.

Location: Variable
Contact: Jeremy Worm


Nanoindentation Lab

Nanoindentation and Atomic Force Microscope Lab

A nanoindenter is a low-load indentation system for acquiring mechanical characterization data at the submicron scale. A diamond tip is used for the indentation. Given the known geometry of the diamond indenter tip, the depth of an indentation yields the area of contact between the tip and material being indented. Making an indentation with a controlled force, while continuously monitoring the displacement of the indenter, produces data from which hardness, modulus of elasticity, fracture behavior, and other mechanical properties can be calculated. The Nanoindentation Lab houses the Agilent NanoIndenter XPS system with the following options:

  • Continuous Stiffness Measurement
  • Lateral Force Measurement
  • High-Load System
  • High-Performance Table
  • Dynamic Contact Module
  • Nanopositioning Stage and Nano-Vision Microscope
Agilent NanoIndenter XPS System Specifications
Displacement Resolution <0.01 nm (XP), 0.0002 nm (DCM)
Maximum Load 500 mN (XP), 1 kg (XP-High Load), 10 mN (DCM)
Load Resolution 50 nN (XP and XP-High Load), 1nN (DCM)

Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) is a Nobel Prize-winning technology that scans a sharp tip along the sample surface to resolve features down to subnanometer size (<10-9 m). In addition to the widely used tapping mode and contact mode, this system is equipped with the most-advanced nanomechanical-measurement modes (peak force and nanoindentation), as well as electrical conductivity, piezoresponse force microscopy, and liquid-imaging modules. Mechanical properties (e.g., Young’s modulus and adhesion) and electric properties (e.g., surface potential and conductance) can be monitored with high resolution.

Location: MEEM S005
Contact: Ibrahim Miskioglu