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Applied Research Centers



Advanced Materials Center

The Advanced Materials Center actively conducts third party testing of materials for regional and national businesses. The AMC coordinates and promotes educational, research and public service activities for WKU faculty and students interested in materials science.
Director: Aaron Celestian

Applied Physics Center

The Applied Physics Center conducts research in the areas of homeland security, wireless data communication, nuclear physics and engineering, nanosensors and electronics. This multidisciplinary Center is internationally recognized for the development of nuclear-based active interrogation technologies for non-intrusive, non-destructive detection and characterization of chemical, radiological, nuclear and explosive threats.
Director: Vladimir Dobrokhotov

Engineering, Manufacturing and Commercialization Center (EMCC)

The EMCC offers expertise in civil, electrical, and mechanical engineering and manufacturing operations. The Center has the capabilities to assist with engineering design and prototyping, manufacturing technology management, and commercialization.
Director: Stacy Wilson

Institute for Combustion Science and Environmental Technology (ICSET)

ICSET services include: polymer, fuel and pharmaceutical analysis, materials identification and deformation, mercury emissions analysis and control, clean coal combustion technology, carbon dioxide sequestration and catalyst development and evaluation.
Director: Yan Cao

Nondestructive Analysis (NOVA) Center

The NOVA Center houses the Large Chamber Scanning Electron Microscope (LC-SEM) used for nanometrology, characterization, and analytical services for samples ranging from 1.5 m in diameter and 650 lbs to 50 nanometers. The LC-SEM has great potential for in-situ observations of deformation behavior of materials and is the only instrument of this type available to industry in North America.
Director: Edward Kintzel




Center for Biodiversity Studies

The Center for Biodiversity Studies provides expertise in terrestrial and aquatic ecology, taxonomy and systematics, evolutionary biology, conservation genetics, geographic information systems, restoration ecology, and database management and eco-informatics. The Center plays a pivotal role in the protection and management of numerous endangered species and has a 1,300-acre River Biological Preserve as its natural laboratory.
Director: Scott Grubbs

Hoffman Institute for Environmental Studies

The Hoffman Institute is a leader in basic and applied research that aims to better understand landscape, atmosphere, water, and human interactions. Student-centered, collaborative programs are ongoing with agencies, such as, the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, and The Nature Conservancy, as well as, international programs with scientists in China, Belgium, Vietnam and other countries.

Director: Chris Groves

Center for Water Resource Studies

The Center for Water Resource Studies provides professional consulting and field and laboratory services regarding groundwater tracing in karst and non-karst areas. This Center focuses on improving water quality, public health and environmental health. Expertise is available in drinking water and wastewater systems management.
Director: Chris Groves

Kentucky Climate Center (KCC)

The Kentucky Climate Center conducts research and provides a wide range of weather and climate services.  It serves as the State Climate Office for Kentucky and is a partner with the National Weather Service, the National Centers for Environmental Information, and the Midwestern Regional Climate Center.  The Kentucky Mesonet, Kentucky's statewide research-grade automated weather and climate monitoring infrastructure, was developed and is operated as a program of the center.  The Kentucky Climate Center also maintains research and development partnerships and provides customized services in support of public sector and business and industry.
Director: Stuart Foster



Bioinformatics and Information Science Center (BISC)

BISC is an interdisciplinary community, with student engagement, that collaboratively poses and solves problems in bioinformatics and information science.  BISC provides computing support through our High Performance Computing Center (HPCC)
Co-Directors: Claire Rinehart, Uta Ziegler and Rezaul Mahmood

HPCC System Adminstrators: Dex Wood and Jason Smith

Applied Statistics Center (ASC)

The Applied Statistics Center creates opportunities for multi-disciplinary research collaborations to provide clients with statistical analyses that help them make informed business decisions.
Co-Directors: Melanie Autin and Ngoc Nguyen

Cyberdefense Laboratory (CDL)

The CDL conducts research to solve cyber security and counter cyber terrorism problems for both civilian and military customers. The CDL also works on the protection and encryption of digital data, identities, finances and transactions, and intrusion detection and prevention methodologies. The CDL works to enhance the nation’s security from external threat via computer intrusion, and contributes to the region’s economic development by creating a highly-educated cyber defense workforce.
Director: Keith Andrew



Architecture Resource Center (ARC)

The Architecture Resource Center offers professional design services, construction documentation production, and computer-generated rendering and animations. ARC provides customized services to specifically meet the Architectural and Manufacturing needs of the client.
Director: Neal Downing

Agriculture Research and Education Complex (AREC)

The AREC focuses on the areas of Turf grass management, livestock and forages, and plant science. The construction of a research feedlot and collaborative efforts on research and demonstration projects make the farm a major source of production information for farmers and agribusiness in the region. Research is conducted in collaboration with the USDA/ARS and many agricultural businesses.
Director: Linda Gonzales

Institute for Astrophysics and Space Science (IASS)

The IASS conducts research into the brightness variations in Active Galactic Nuclei, the composition and structure of extragalactic jets, and detection of extra solar planets. The Institute is designing a global network of fully autonomous astronomical observatories and provides mentored research activities for students.
Director: Mike Carini

Center for Aging

The Center for Aging conducts applied aging research and prepares aging advocates to work with older adults, their families and their communities. The Center for Aging contributes to the knowledge on aging populations and enhances local capacity for older adults and the communities in which they live through dissemination of community based research, best practices, and sponsorship activities.
Director: Dana Bradley

Biotechnology Center

The Biotechnology Center has state-of-the-art instrumentation for performing DNA sequencing, microsatellite analysis, and real-time PCR and bioinformatics. Research and applications using these tools are employed in wildlife forensics, molecular systematics, bioremediation, phytoremediation, genetic expression in plants, virology, and in environmental biotechnology.
Director: Nancy Rice

Social Science Research Center (SSRC)

The SSRC conducts social scientific research, including social surveys, political polls, evaluation research projects, and marketing research projects. The SSRC develops simple or sophisticated sampling designs to collect social scientific data using mailed questionnaires, telephone interviews, web-based questionnaires, focus groups, or in-person interviews.
Director: Jerry Daday

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 Last Modified 6/24/16