Advanced Materials Institute
AMI provides access to advanced instrumentation in support of the research efforts of WKU faculty and their research students. Access to state-of-the-art scientific instruments makes faculty more competitive for external research grants, more productive in their research efforts, and relieves them of the responsibilities of purchase, maintenance, and repair of expensive equipment.
Applied Physics Institute (API)
For our faculty joining the API is not a formal matter: the new members are invited for their complementary areas of interdisciplinary expertise and ability to work in a team environment. This team works together, assisting each other in their research and exploring research topics outside of and among their own disciplines. Our goal for is to make our centers a permanent workplace for students and faculty, to provide all the necessary facilities for productive research. Currently, the API infrastructure undergoes further adjustment and development in order to create an efficient working environment for students and faculty and make it more welcoming for frequent visits by state officials and private sector representatives. The API has an extremely high potential in the research commercialization. Our goal is to create the appropriate infrastructure to unite talented scientists from different departments of Ogden College under one roof.
Engineering Manufacturing Commercialization Center (EMCC)
Faculty bring projects to our center for assistance and expertise. We also hire faculty to help execute projects.
Folk Studies and Anthropology/Kentucky Folklife Program
We are interested in collaborating with faculty in other departments that focus on heritage conservation and documenting local culture.
Kentucky Climate Center
The KCC provides a range of opportunities for faculty from different disciplines. Focal areas for engagement include research and service related to climate variability and change and the development of computer algorithms for processing spatial-temporal data to extract information for decision support.
National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) program
Contact the Program Coordinator for more information.
LC-SEM is available for any WKU faculty members. The NOVA Center provides instrument and operator who will perform scans.
Ogden College Electron Microscopy Facility
Faculty are welcome to learn how to use the equipment, however they generally find it easier to send their students for training. There is no charge to faculty or students to use the facility for research or teaching.
The Biotechnology Center
Faculty who have a need for molecular biological equipment can become a member of our center.
Thermal Analysis Laboratory
The advanced instrumentation located in the Thermal Analysis Lab is available to WKU faculty and their research students to support their research programs. Training and student supervision in the use of the instrumentation is provided by the Lab staff. The presence of the Thermal Analysis Laboratory makes faculty more competitive in obtaining external grant funding, provides more opportunities for partnering with industrial research programs, and relieves faculty of the expense and time required to obtain and maintain advanced scientific instruments.
WKU Small Business Accelerator
The WKU Small Business Accelerator supports entrepreneurism on the Hill by welcoming any faculty or staff member with an idea to start their own knowledge-based company to join our program. Upon locating their business and becoming a client in our network, WKU faculty and staff members may leverage the Accelerator’s resources and services to aid their growing business needs. Call (270) 901-3490 to learn more about joining the WKU Small Business Accelerator.