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Research facilities

Research Centers and Programs have a dual mission of education as well as research and development. Emphasis is placed on the research process. Projects reflect faculty/student interests and industry needs. Equipment and facilities are up-to-date and appropriate to the task. Graduate students (except engineering management) are required to participate in thesis research and many find opportunities within the centers and programs outlined below or through individual faculty research interests.


John T. Myers Center for Technological Research with Industry

The 40,000-square-foot John T. Myers Center for Technological Research With Industry is devoted to student and faculty project work. The center provides space and specialized instrumentation for students and faculty to engage in engineering design projects for external clients. One of the center's key features is the availability of laboratory space for project-based education. Students and faculty can present their findings in a theater-style room enhanced with advanced presentation technology.

Rose-Hulman MiNDS Facility


Rose-Hulman Micro-Nano Devices and Systems (MiNDS) Facility - The development of class 1000 cleanrooms at RHIT has been expedited with a W. M. Keck Foundation grant in 2002. The MiNDS group is truly a multi-disciplinary group having fifteen faculty from six academic departments who are involved in various aspects of Micro-Nanotechnology teaching and research. Our students and faculty have several active ongoing research projects. Among these topics are metamaterial antennas, optical MEMS; surface micromachined mirrors for beam steering, microscale lab-on-a-chip; carbon nanotubes; shape memory alloy based MEMS actuation, self-assembly of nanoparticles, quantum-dots, surface plasmon resonance, nano-magnetic, heat actuators, etc.   The cleanroom labs at RHIT have numerous capabilities which include: Oxidation and diffusion furnaces, e-beam deposition, two-gun sputtering, wet-etch benches, spin coater, plasma etcher, XeF2 silicon etcher, critical-point dry, and submicron photolithography. Our testing and characterization capabilities include: SEM, micromanipulator probe stations, optical thin film measurement system, ellipsometer, optical microscopes, AFM /STM, four-point probe.

Rose-Hulman Ventures


Rose-Hulman Ventures, a program of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, brings together outstanding students with technology-based companies. For students, that means the best engineering professional practice experience possible within an academic program. For businesses, it means prototypes, refining the design of existing products, and expanding current engineering capabilities.  We are located on 180-acres in a 35,000 square-foot facility in a Certified Technology Park, on the south campus of Rose-Hulman in Terre Haute, Indiana.


Applied Biology Cell & Tissue Culture Lab

Biology Lab

The Applied Biology Cell & Tissue Culture Laboratory is equipped for all kinds of cell and tissue culture.  In this lab, undergraduate students do experiments ranging from studying how viruses infect cells, to exploring how cells interact with different kinds of biomaterial surfaces, to culturing lab-grown 'tissues' (mostly ligament-like) under static or mechanically-dynamic conditions.  The special research interests of the faculty who share this space are amphibian virology. (Frogs are an 'indicator species,' meaning that we study how they respond to their environment to get clues about how the environment is likely to affect humans) and the design of biomaterial surfaces that can encourage human cells to interact with that biomaterial in desired ways.

Microwave and High-Speed Design Laboratory

Students in the Microwave and High-Speed Design Laboratory have worked on a range of projects involving the design, modeling, fabrication and measurement of electromagnetic-based systems and devices including high-speed data link paths, microwave devices, antennas, and a range of metamaterial-inspired structures.

Laboratory facilities include vector network analyzers (40 GHz, 20 GHz), time-domain TDR station (17 ps rise-time), spectrum analyzer, auto-balancing bridge impedance analyzer (40-110 MHz) with material measurement capabilities, TEM cells, GTEM cell, high-voltage measurement, oscilloscopes (500 MHz, 100 MHz), computer simulation station, noise figure measurement, miscellaneous antennas and a 20'x12'x10' anechoic chamber. 

Orthopaedic Biomedical Engineering Laboratory


Working side by side with surgeons, faculty and engineers, students learn to design, execute and present scientific investigations in an effort to develop engineering solutions to clinical problems. Through this process, our research program provides high-quality evaluations of surgical techniques and orthopaedic devices for the purpose of improving the global standards of patient care while raising up the next generation of orthopaedic professionals.  Mechanical testing in the laboratory is conducted utilizing a state-of-the-art biaxial materials testing machine along with strain gage and digital image correlation optical techniques.  Computational studies are also performed in the lab utilizing medical imaging software to perform virtual surgery on patient-specific three-dimensional models.

RF Photonics and Fiber-Optic Communication Laboratories

Laser Lab

The RF-Photonics team at RHIT has demonstrated several optical beamformer architectures capable of controlling phased array antenna in receive/transmit mode and to operate for wideband (1-20 GHz) RF beams. The Rose-Hulman team has also built the first programmable TTD prototype in transmit/receive based on wavelength-division multiplexing (WDM) technology to steer multiple simultaneous-independent RF-beams. In this laboratory we have RF photonics capabilities that include state-of-the-art microwave instrumentations, high-speed digital and analog scopes, the state-of-the-art fiber-optics and WDM technologies including 10 GHz fiber laser and auto-correlator, as well as the capability to fabricate fiber Bragg-gratings using an Excimer laser.

Design Tools 

RSoft OptSimTM & PHOTOSS: These are photonic system simulators that allow setup of fiber optic and photonic network systems with standard optics components, such as dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) devices and fiber optics components. The Matlab® interface also provides the ability to include custom devices and custom interfaces. The RSoft OptSimTM and PHOTOSS design software are available for use at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

Comsol FEMLAB, a finite element multi-physics modeling environment that supports finite element design and analysis of devices. Comsol FEMLAB also provides an interface with Matlab® which will support customization of the system characterization effort. FEMLAB is available for use at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.