Core Facilities

The Centers provide research and laboratory space to further the Office of Research's mission. Follow the links below to find more information on each of the Center's core facilities.



    Digital Manufacturing Demonstration Lab
    Address:  TTU Prescott Hall 227, 1020 Stadium Dr., Cookeville, TN 38505
    Contact: Terry Guo
    Phone:  (931) 372-3102
    Website:  N/A
    1.  A variety of 3D printers
    2.  Environmental chamber

    Material Coating Lab
    Address:  TTU Clement Hall, Room 101, 1010 N. Peachtree Ave., Cookeville, TN 38505
    Contact:  Ying Zhang
    Phone:  (931) 372-3265
    Website: N/A
    1.  Coating of metals and alloys for fuel cell and battery applications.

    Material Science Lab
    Address:  TTU Clement Hall Room 304; 1010 N. Peachtree Ave., Cookeville, TN 38505
    Contact:  Wayne Hawkins
    Phone:  (931) 372-3104

    Professional personnel trained in the operation of analytical instrumentation and characterization equipment aptly complement the scientific and technical capabilities of the MSL equipment.

    Morphology and topographical characterization is available for a wide range of materials, including (but not limited to) polymers, ceramics, metals (and their alloys), fibers, aggregates, and composites.  The centerpiece of the lab is an FEI Quanta 200 Environmental Scanning Electron Microscope (ESEM) equipped with EDAX Octane Pro Detector and EDAX TEAM software for qualitative and quantitative analysis of a variety of specimens and their composing elements.  The MSL also boasts a Zygo 3D Optical Profiler for characterizing and quantifying surface roughness, step heights, critical dimensions and other topographical features.

    In addition to the ESEM and Zygo 3D Optical Profiler, the MSL includes a full range of specimen preparation equipment (i.e., acid bench, automated grinding and polishing, sawing, and sputter coating).  There is also an inverted microscope with image analysis software for determining particle size and density counts, and a Vickers scale microhardness indentation device. 

    RF Anechoic Chamber
    Address:  TTU Prescott Hall 120A, 1020 Stadium Dr., Cookeville, TN 38505
    Contact:  Robert Qiu and Terry Guo
    Phone:  (931) 372-6333
    Website:  N/A
    1.  18'x18'x10' fully-covered RF Anechoic Chamber with turntable and walkway absorbers on the floor. 

    Wireless Network Systems Lab
    Address:  TTU Clement Hall 400 & 403, 1010 N. Peachtree Ave., Cookeville, TN 38505
    Contact: Robert Qiu and Terry Guo
    Phone:  (931) 372-6333
    Website:  N/A
    1.  The lab is equipped with essential and advanced RF/digital equipment and Software Defined Radio (SDR) based research testbed.  




    Acoustics and Vibrations (Large Chambers)
    Address:  TTU East Stadium; Rooms 100, 104, 203, 235; 1 William L Jones Dr., Cookeville, TN 38505
    Contact: Corinne Darvennes
    Phone:  (931) 372-3253
    Website: N/A
    1.  Polymer electrolyte membrane and liquid fuel cells (PEM, direct formic acid, direct methanol) – freeze dynamics, mechanical and chemical durability testing, gas diffusion layer influence on PEM performance.
    2.  Acoustics, noise control, ultrasonics, nondestructive evaluation

    Dynamics and Smart Systems Lab (DSSL)
    Address:  TTU Brown Hall, Room 127, 1 William L Jones Dr., Cookeville, TN 38505
    Contact: Steven Anton
    Phone:  (931) 372-3287
    1.  Polymer electrolyte membrane and liquid fuel cells (PEM, direct formic acid, direct methanol) – freeze dynamics, mechanical and chemical durability testing, gas diffusion layer influence on PEM performance.
    2.  Acoustics, noise control, ultrasonics, nondestructive evaluation.
    3.  Smart materials and dynamic systems.  Study of various smart materials (piezoelectric, thermoelectric, solar, electroactive polymers, etc.) for energy harvesting, structural health monitoring, sensing, and actuation.

    Address:  TTU Foundry Building, 1 William L Jones Dr., Cookeville, TN 38505
    Contact: F. Vondra
    Phone:  (931) 372-3527

    1.  The only functioning foundry in the State of Tennessee.

    PEM Fuel Cell Laboratory
    Address:  TTU Prescott Hall, Room 453, 1020 Stadium Dr., Cookeville, TN 38505
    Contact: Cynthia Rice
    Phone:  (931) 372-6059
    Website: N/A
    1.  Polymer electrolyte membrane and liquid fuel cells (PEM, direct formic acid, direct methanol) – freeze dynamics, mechanical and chemical durability testing, gas diffusion layer influence on PEM performance.

    Robotics and Automation
    Address:  TTU East Stadium, Room 227, 1010 N. Peachtree Ave., Cookeville, TN 38505
    Contact:  Stephen Canfield
    Phone:  (931) 372-6359
    Website: N/A
    1.  Climbing robotics, control and automation systems for robotics.

    Solid Oxide Fuel Cells and Batteries
    Address:  TTU Clement Hall, Room 120, 1010 N. Peachtree Ave., Cookeville, TN 38505
    Contact:  Jiahong Zhu
    Phone:  (931) 372-3186
    Website: N/A
    1.  Fuel cell and battery material research.


    Water Quality Lab
     TTU Prescott Hall, Room 426, 1020 Stadium Dr., Cookeville, TN 38505
    Contact:  Dan Dodson
    Phone:  (931) 372-3061

    1.  State and commercially supported facility that provides interdisciplinary analytical support, ranging from assistance in setting up experimental apparatuses, training students on analytical test procedures and instrument operation, performing analytical analyses, and providing operational space for performance of research projects.
    2.  Offers bacterial and stormwater analyses for commercial and residential clients, including providing options available when treatment of drinking water supplies is needed and offering solutions to businesses in managing stormwater runoff to improve water quality of streams.

      155 W. 7th St., P.O. Box 5112, Tennessee Tech, Cookeville, TN 38505
    Contact:  Darek Potter
    Phone:  (931) 372-3792
    1.  National leading facility in rural STEM education, providing enrichment to pre-kindergarten through college students in STEM learning through hands-on inquiry.
    2.  Enhances the STEM preparation of new and practicing teachers from pre-kindergarten through high school, models innovative instructional design and learning environments, conducts rigorous STEM education research, and collaborates with industry and organizations to strengthen STEM education initiatives across the region, state, and nation.


    Smart Grid Lab
    Address: TTU Prescott Hall, Room 102, 1020 Stadium Dr., Cookeville, TN 38505 |  Tennessee Tech Clement Hall, Room 103, 1 William L Jones Dr., Cookeville, TN 38505
    Contact:  Robert Craven  |  Satish Mahajan
    Phone:  (931) 372-3487  |  (931) 372-3875
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    1.  Created in response to a set of Grand Challenges to allow for real hardware/software simulations involved in the ever-evolving definition of smart grids.
    2.  Offers researchers the use of generators; power grid, solar, and wind emulators; resistance loads; motor loads; a custom-developed SCADA system; a substation testbed, among other resources, to pursue such projects as cascading transmission line failure prevention in power grids, autonomous inspection of power grid assets for preventative maintenance, and testing of an inverter design for a solar emulator to accommodate for changing load.
    3.  Smart grid power systems, renewable energy integration into the grid, distributed power plant performance.

    SOLBAT - Battery Research Lab
    Address:  TTU Prescott Hall, Room 112, 1020 Stadium Dr., Cookeville, TN 38505
    Contact:  Indranil Bhattacharya
    Phone:  (931) 372-3352
    1.  Battery research and high-efficiency solar cell research.  Synthesis, electro-chemical analysis and testing of lithium ion, sodium ion and emerging battery technologies.

  • iMakerSpace
    Address:  TTU Vople Library, Third Floor, 1100 N. Peachtree Ave., Cookeville, TN 38505
    Contact:  Ismail Fidan and Terry Guo
    Phone:  (931) 372-6298

    1.  Developed through a collaboration between the College of Engineering and the College of Business to provide an interactive and collaborative space for students and faculty to use in pursuit of innovative and entrepreneurial projects.
    2.  Offers a wide variety of resources and technologies to be used in fabricating prototypes for personal and academic projects through a collaborative meeting space that encourages planning and brainstorming of ideas.  

  • iCUBE
    Address: TTU Vople Library, Third Floor, 1100 N. Peachtree Ave., Cookeville, TN 38505
    Contact:  Kevin Liska
    Phone:  (931) 372-3337
    1.  Created as an innovation and entrepreneurship hub at Tennessee Tech that oversees virtual reality projects involving the Oculus Rift technology applied to the  Governor’s Public Safety program, the Chattanooga Aquarium and the Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT) program in the automotive industry.
    2.  Offers students opportunities for innovation and prototyping.

    Address:  TTU Matthews-Daniels Hall, Room 153, 80 W. 8th St., Cookeville, TN 38505
    Contact:  Jason Beach
    Phone:  (931) 372-3069

    1.  Virtual ImmerSive Interactive ObservatioN research center designed to work with immersive virtual reality and explore its impact and future in teaching, learning, and K-12 education.
    2.  Builds and explores the implications of immersive virtual reality in education through collaboration of the faculty from the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. 

      TTU Henderson Hall, Room 2, Cookeville, TN 38505
    Contact:  Wayne Leimer
    Phone:  (931) 372-3522

    1.  Used to identify geologic and industrial crystalline materials.

      TTU Foundation Hall, Room 330, Cookeville, TN 38505
    Contact:  Peter Li
    Phone:  (931) 372-3752

    1.  Used by students and faculty for special analysis involving geographic information systems technology.  

    Address:  Bell Hall, Cookeville, TN 38505
    Contact:  Jason Hurley
    Phone:  (931) 372-6802

    1.  The Nursing Simulation Lab has seven rooms. One room has exam tables and is used to learn and practice physical exams on patients.  Another has four Nursing Anne manikins and many other skill trainers and is used to learn and practice fundamental nursing skills, such as medication administration, wound care, and trach care.  The Critical Care Lab has high fidelity manikins with the ability to simulation real patient conditions and are used to run patient scenarios with students providing care.  The OB/Peds Lab is used to teach skills and critical thinking associated with pregnancies and pediatric patients.  Finally, there are three rooms used for prebriefing and preparation and debriefing.

    Address:  Shipley Farm, 2395 Gainesboro Grade, Cookeville, TN 38501
    Contact:  Dennis Duncan
    Phone:  (931) 372-3012

    1.  The Horticulture Center of Tennessee Tech University’s Shipley Farm consists of approximately 15 acres with a number of growing areas and structures used for teaching, demonstration, and research purposes. The growing areas are divided into approximately 20 field plots of various sizes with one area currently dedicated to the production of grapes, blueberries, and brambles and another for ongoing American Chestnut Blight resistance research.  Additionally, the farm has two unheated gutter-connected plastic high tunnels (20’ x 70’ each), a third heated plastic high tunnel (30’ x 70’), two shade houses (16’ x 48’) that can be covered with plastic for overwintering plants, and a 30’ x 96’ climate-controlled, double-poly, Quonset style greenhouse.   Also nearby are cold frames, space for storing specialized horticultural and test plot equipment, and a shop area for supply storage and repairs. The two main buildings (Unit 1 and Unit 2) contain a total of approximately 4,400 square feet and both have greenhouses attached. Attached to Unit 1 are approximately 1,600 square feet of climate-controlled greenhouses divided into four independent growing areas. These greenhouses are used for faculty and student research projects and for teaching greenhouse enterprise production.  Unit 1 contains a classroom, an office, and a large head-house area that is used for lab activities and experiential learning opportunities.  The head-house area also contains storage areas for tools, supplies, and pesticides as well as a floral cooler and several refrigerated units for storage of seed and perishable supplies.  North of Unit 1 is the Waters' Memorial Pavilion, which is used as a general gathering or work area. Attached to Unit 2 are two greenhouses providing another 800+ square feet of climate controlled growing space.  Inside is a head-house area, the nursery manager’s office, and two laboratory areas suitable for a variety of horticultural research activities.  Unit 2 also contains plant growth chambers and several refrigerated units for storage of seed and perishable supplies . Both main buildings and the pavilion are surrounded by landscaped display gardens used for teaching and demonstration purposes. Allocation of growth chamber and greenhouse space, field plots, and work areas are available upon request through Tennessee Tech University’s School of Agriculture Farm Liaison Committee.

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