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Facilities & Equipment

Departmental Facilities

Graduate education and research are supported by state-of-the-art equipment within the department's main building, including a departmental computational and graphics facility. The powerful engineering OWLNET system of workstations and personal computers also are available to all MECH students.

The MECH department houses the Team for Advanced Flow Simulation and Modeling, the Advanced Thermal Processing Lab, the Biomedical System and Instrumentation Lab, the Dynamic Systems Vibrations and Control Lab, the Flow Physics and Simulation Lab and the Robotics Lab.

Rice Shared Equipment Authority

Through the work of the Richard E. Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology and its faculty members, Rice University has a centralized, shared instrumentation program administered by the Shared Equipment Authority (SEA). The SEA maintains an instrument and facility portfolio valued at over $15 million including 2 clean rooms, 4 transmission electron microscopes, 4 mass spectrometers, 2 Raman spectrometers, and 4 NMR systems, and many other instruments. The SEA maintains the instruments and facilities, trains internal and external users, provides limited analysis services, develops the strategic plans for the university's scientific facilities, and raises funds through private and government sources for new scientific resources.

The Rice Shared Equipment Authority system provides instrument users with instant access to equipment information and schedules. To request access to an instrument you must first request an account. For more information on the availability of instruments please visit the Rice Shared Equipment Authority