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.
Center for Applied Optics Studies
The Center for Applied Optics Studies serves as a high-technology resource service for business, industry and government. Every time you listen to music on a compact disc player, place a telephone call, printout a document on a laser printer, and have your groceries scanned at the checkout you are using optics. In a world where optical devices and components such as lasers and optical fibers are used in so many varied applications, optical technology is literally everywhere. The Center works to identify and implement new, practical uses for optics. A few of the Center's specialty areas include the design of optics-related products and instruments, non-destructive testing, vibration analysis, fiber optic component/system testing, biomedical instrumentation, surface roughness measurements, computer-aided optical system design, measurements using lasers, spectroscopic analysis, image enhancement, remote sensing, applications of photo-refractive materials, sensing devices and laser beam steering applications.
Lilly Applied Life Sciences Center
This Center was formed as an academic-industry partnership in May 1995 in response to the need for applying advanced new technologies from engineering and the biological sciences in developing tomorrow's effective and efficient health care solutions. The Center assists Rose-Hulman in providing more interdisciplinary opportunities for faculty and students to work together on state-of-the-art projects similar to activities occurring in life science-related industries. ALS Research Center goals are to introduce undergraduate students to biological and biomedical research; perform high-quality research to prepare graduate students for careers in biological and biomedical engineering; establish new contacts between Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and biomedical and health care industries; and perform high-quality research in cooperation with industry in order to provide solutions to problems requiring time or expertise not available to its permanent staff.
W. M. Keck Foundation Imaging Systems Laboratory
Imaging has numerous applications. For example, it is used to visualize experimental data; to non-invasively explore the human body (e.g. ultrasound, X-rays and magnetic resonance imaging); to measure and reconstruct 3D objects (e.g. buildings); to visually guide autonomous vehicles; and for entertainment (e.g. movies and games). The Imaging Systems Lab provides opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration in all areas of imaging including computer graphics, computer vision, optical imaging and filtering, image processing, and pattern recognition. The laboratory's goals are to provide high quality opportunities for students to work on imaging projects; educate students in the various aspects of imaging; establish links between Rose-Hulman and companies that have a need for imaging-based solutions; and provide industry with solutions to imaging problems.
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, 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.