Research & Economic Development

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.


  • CENTER FOR MANUFACTURING RESEARCH
  • Material Coating Lab
    Address:  TTU Clement Hall, Room 101, 1010 N. Peachtree Ave., Cookeville, TN 38505
    Contact:  Ying Zhang
    Phone:  (931) 372-3265
    Email:  yzhang@tntech.edu
    Website: N/A

    1. Coating of metals and alloys for fuel cell and battery applications.

    Material Science Lab
    Address:  TTU Clement Hall; Rooms 304, 307, 325, 327; 1010 N. Peachtree Ave., Cookeville, TN 38505
    Contact:  Wayne Hawkins
    Phone:  (931) 372-3104
    Email:  ehawkins@tntech.edu
    Website: www.tntech.edu/engineering/research/cmr/facilities/microstructural-characterization-lab/

    1. Provides professional personnel trained in operating analytical instrumentation and characterization equipment who offer morphology and topographical characterization for a wide range of materials—including but not limited to, polymers, ceramics, metals and their alloys, fibers, aggregates, and composites.
    2. Houses specialized equipment including an environmental scanning electron microscope, a fully automated electron microprobe for performing x-ray microanalysis for qualitative and quantitative analysis of specimens and their composing elements, and a full range of specimen-preparation equipment.
    3. Provides services in electron microscopy/x-ray, Microanalysis—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.

    Mechanical Properties Lab
    Address:  TTU Clement Hall, Room 113; 1010 N. Peachtree Ave.; Cookeville; TN 38505
    Contact:  Chris Wilson and Dale Wilson
    Phone:  (931) 372-3216
    Email:  ChrisWilson@tntech.edu
    Website:  www.tntech.edu/engineering/research/cmr/facilities/mechanical-properties

    1. Tensile and compressive testing, several machines with varieties of capabilities.  

    Wireless Communications Lab (WNSLab)
    Address:  
    TTU Clement Hall; Rooms 400, 402, and 403; 1010 N. Peachtree Ave.; Cookeville; TN 38505; and Prescott Hall, Room 120A, 1020 Stadium Dr., Cookeville, TN
    Contact:  Nan (Terry) Guo, Ph.D.
    Phone:  (931) 372-3102
    Email:  nguo@tntech.edu
    Website:  www.tntech.edu/engineering/research/cmr/facilities/wireless-communications/
    Lead Faculty:  Robert Qiu, Ph.D.
    Phone:  (931) 372-3847
    Email:  rqiu@tntech.edu

    1. Through state of Tennessee support, conducts cutting-edge research in advanced radio systems and statistical signal processing.
    2. Furthers exploration of research areas including big data analytics and applications in wireless communications and smart grid, massive sensor data fusion and distributed processing, large-scale cognitive networking and sensing, wireless physical layer security, and source finding and non-GPS localization.
    3. Research in advanced radio systems and statistical signal processing.  Ultra-wideband (UWB) Time Reversal Testbed. 

  • COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING
  • 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
    Email:  cdarvennes@tntech.edu
    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

    Digital Manufacturing Demonstration Lab
    Address:  
    TTU Prescott Hall, Room 227, 1020 Stadium Dr., Cookeville, TN 38505
    Contact: Terry Guo
    Phone:  (931) 372-3102
    Email:  nguo@tntech.edu
    Website: www.tntech.edu/engineering/research/ttu-makers/

    1.  A variety of 3D printers.  IoT of digital manufacturing.

    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
    Email:  santon@tntech.edu

    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.

    Metalcasting
    Address:  
    TTU Foundry Building, 1 William L Jones Dr., Cookeville, TN 38505
    Contact: F. Vondra
    Phone:  (931) 372-3527
    Email:  fvondra@tntech.edu
    Website: www.tntech.edu/engineering/departments/met/labs/casting

    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
    Email:  crice@tntech.edu
    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
    Email:
      scanfield@tntech.edu
    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

    Email:  jzhu@tntech.edu

    Website: N/A

    1.  Fuel cell and battery material research.

    SOLBAT-TTU Energy Research Lab
    Address:  
    TTU Prescott Hall, Room 112, 1020 Stadium Dr., Cookeville, TN 38505
    Contact:  Indranil Bhattacharya
    Phone:  (931) 372-3352
    Email:  ibhattacharya@tntech.edu
    Website: ibhattacharya.wixsite.com/ibhattacharya/research-projects

    1. Battery research and high-efficiency solar cell research.  Synthesis, electro-chemical analysis and testing of lithium ion, sodium ion and emerging battery technologies.

  • CENTER FOR THE MANAGEMENT, UTILIZATION AND PROTECTION OF WATER RESOURCES
  • Water Quality Lab

    Address: TTU Prescott Hall, Room 426, 1020 Stadium Dr., Cookeville, TN 38505
    Contact:  Dan Dodson
    Phone:  (931) 372-3061
    Email:  ddodson@tntech.edu
    Website:  www.tntech.edu/research/faculty-research-directory/centers-and-facilities/wrc/laboratory-services/

    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.

  • STEM CENTER
  • Address:  155 W. 7th St., P.O. Box 5112, TTU, Cookeville, TN 38505
    Contact:  Sally Pardue
    Phone:  (931) 372-3792
    Email:  spardue@tntech.edu
    Website:  www.tntech.edu/stem

    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.

  • CENTER FOR ENERGY SYSTEMS RESEARCH
  • Smart Grid Lab

    Address: TTU Prescott Hall, Room 102, 1020 Stadium Dr., Cookeville, TN 38505 |  TTU Clement Hall, Room 103, 1 William L Jones Dr., Cookeville, TN 38505
    Contact:  Robert Craven  |  Satish Mahajan
    Phone:  (931) 372-3487  |  (931) 372-3875
    Email:  rcraven@tntech.edu  |  smahajan@tntech.edu
    Website:  www.tntech.edu/engineering/research/cesr/strategic-research-areas/smart-grid/lab  |  www.tntech.edu/engineering/research/cesr/welcome
    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. 

  • MAKERSPACE
  • Address:  TTU Vople Library, Third Floor, 1100 N. Peachtree Ave., Cookeville, TN 38505
    Contact:  Michael Aikens
    Phone:  (931) 372-6333
    Email:  maikens@tntech.edu
    Website:  www.tntech.edu/innovation/makerspace/

    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
    Email:  kliska@tntech.edu
    Website: ttuicube.com

    1. Created as an innovation and entrepreneurship hub at TTU that receives $2.5 million in annual funding for 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 and has led to three spin-off student companies. 

  • VISION LAB RESEARCH CENTER
  • Address:  TTU Matthews-Daniels Hall, Room 153, 80 W. 8th St., Cookeville, TN 38505
    Contact:  Jason Beach
    Phone:  (931) 372-3069
    Email:  jbeach@tntech.edu
    Website:  www.tntech.edu/education/vision-lab

    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. 

  • X-RAY DIFFRACTION LAB
  • Address:  TTU Henderson Hall, Room 2, Cookeville, TN 38505
    Contact:  Wayne Leimer
    Phone:  (931) 372-3522
    Email:  hwleimer@tntech.edu

    1. Used to identify geologic and industrial crystalline materials.

  • GIS LAB
  • Address:  TTU Foundation Hall, Room 330, Cookeville, TN 38505
    Contact:  Peter Li
    Phone:  (931) 372-3752
    Email:  pli@tntech.edu

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