Advanced Materials Institute
AMI works closely with technology based enterprises and governmental agencies locally and regionally to provide analytical services using sophisticated instrumentation that would not generally be available otherwise.
Applied Physics Institute (API)
Our goal is to focus our research on the areas of the highest impact in the state of Kentucky and nationwide, such as: advanced manufacturing, materials science and engineering, renewable energy sources, and security and defense.
Engineering Manufacturing Commercialization Center (EMCC)
Individual inventors and companies come to our center for engineering and manufacturing needs.
Folk Studies and Anthropology/Kentucky Folklife Program
Local organizations are encouraged to contact the department or Kentucky Folklife Program to ask for help or seek collaborations on projects.
Kentucky Climate Center
The KCC’s greatest presence in communities throughout Kentucky is through the Kentucky Mesonet. Community-based partnerships are vital to the KYM. As the network of monitoring stations expands, site hosts are needed for new stations on either public or private lands. Local sponsorships also play a critical role in the KCC’s ability to operate and expand the network.
National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) program
Contact the Program Coordinator for more information.
Previously, Nova Center was hosting open “Public Night” event. During that even, we had an turnout with approximately 25 people. Dr. Kintzel presented a PowerPoint demonstrating the unique capabilities of the instrument as well as previous images collected using our large chamber scanning electron microscope (LC-SEM). Attendees had the opportunity to peer into the large chamber through small windows and view the SEM in action! Previous samples such as coins, meteorites, fossils, brake rotors, a second generation ZR1 prototype engine block from Corvette, a bullet proof vest plate, and a Fresnel lens were all on display.
Ogden College Electron Microscopy Facility
Community groups can arrange for tours tailored to their interests and time.
Local businesses can use the facility for a fee through the Advanced Materials Institute (Pauline Norris), and the Thermal Analysis Lab (Houyin Zhao).
As part of a grant to Dr. Rodney King, the facility is used by students from more than a half dozen colleges and universities in Kentucky to view their bacteriophage isolated as part of their “Genome Discovery” courses.
The Biotechnology Center
We give tours of our facility to high school groups to allow students to see opportunities for research should they choose to attend WKU. This has been a very effective recruiting technique as students and parents are often impressed by our facility.
Thermal Analysis Laboratory
Since it was established in 1986, the Thermal Analysis Laboratory has conducted analyses for over 300 different companies, universities, and governmental agencies in over 30 states. Currently, approximately 80% of the studies conducted by the Lab are for local and regional companies, representing a significant contribution to the recruitment and success of technology based enterprises in the region.
WKU Small Business Accelerator
The WKU Small Business Accelerator promotes the entrepreneurial spirit across the region. Residents may benefit from the Accelerator’s evolving network of assets, programs and services. You do not have to be affiliated with WKU to locate your business in the Business Accelerator. Emerging entrepreneurs and existing businesses gain access to a collaborative environment to launch and grow their knowledge-based companies. If you have an idea for a new product or service, the WKU Small Business Accelerator is ready to help you turn your vision into a reality. Contact us at (270) 901-3490 to speak with a team member about joining our thriving entrepreneurial community.