INSTITUTE for MATERIAL and ADVANCED MANUFACTURING
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
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
INSTITUTE for ECOSYSTEM STUDIES
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.
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 provides climate services and conducts research addressing
climatic variability and change. The Kentucky Mesonet, a statewide infrastructure
of automated environmental monitoring stations, reports data to the Center in near
real time and has the capacity for expansion of parameters that can be monitored.
The KCC serves as the State Climate Office, home to the State Climatologist, and is
the official source of climatological observations for the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
Director: Stuart Foster
INFORMATICS and SECURITY INSTITUTE
Bioinformatics and Information Science Center (BISC)
BISC has built and maintains an interdisciplinary community that will collaboratively
solve problems in bioinformatics and information science. BISC brings together members
of the research community interested in informatics.
Co-Directors: Claire Rinehart and Rezaul Mahmood
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
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
OTHER ARTP CENTERS
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
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
Director: Jerry Daday