TitleEstablishing the MSU Advanced Engineering Materials Laboratory Request Date2012-11-30
DepartmentMechanical and Industrial Engineering
RequestorDavid Miller Phone406-994-6285
Campuses Bozeman Billings Havre Great Falls FSTS Extension MAES
Cross Depts Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Chemical and Biological Engineering
Proposed Dates Start: 3/11/13 End: 3/10/14
This proposal will support the infrastructure costs to establish a core user facility dedicated to the development, characterization, and application of advanced engineering materials. Advanced engineering materials research is spread across multiple laboratory spaces and buildings on the MSU campus. The successful conclusion of this project will result in a single laboratory for which researchers across the university can have access to advanced engineering materials research. This proposal will provide institutional support, recognition and establishment of a core mechanical characterization facility on the MSU-Bozeman campus.
Objective L.3: Increase job placement and further education rates
o The benefit of this proposal to supporting objective L.3 is the ability to offer undergraduates research opportunities and the potential of undergraduate course development
Objective D.1: Elevate the research excellence and recognition of MSU faculty.
o Institutional recognition of a research program is paramount to the success of that program. MSU researchers have a long and rich history in this area, without an institutional framework. This proposal will create a facility that will bring together multiple researchers, co-locate resources, and provide an institutional name that can elevate the name recognition of MSU in this research area.
Objective E.1: Strategically increase service, outreach, and engagement at MSU
o Establishment of a core facility for Advanced Engineering Materials provides a venue for local and state service and outreach opportunities
Objective I.1: Increase the integration of learning, discovery and engagement
o Establishment of a core Advanced Engineering Materials laboratory can provide support for researchers and educators across the university, and access to the technologies associated with materials and mechanical characterization.
Funding Type: One-Time Only Funding Base (3-yr Recurring) Funding
  FY13 FY14 FY15 Base ($) OTO Startup ($)   FTE;
Materials & Supplies              
Contracted Services              
Other Operations 25000             
TOTAL 25000     
Please comment, if necessary, regarding cost and requirements.

The establishment of single location laboratory will require moving large sets of equipment from mutliple locations. Moving and installing equipment has associated costs with the move of large pieces of equipment and providing the proper mechanical, electrical and plumbing requirements of that equipment.

The budget requested will be utilized to move equipment from up to 3 laboratories into a single space. The costs associated with this process will be offset by this OTO budget request.


Describe the Proposal

This proposal is designed to provide the funding to co-locate various research laboratories and establish, in a single location, an Advanced Engineering Materials Laboratory. No equipment sets or salary are requested with this proposal. The establishment of the Advanced Engineering Materials Laboratory requires the relocation of existing research labs. It is anticipated that a location has been finalized prior to this award. This decision is currently being made at the dean and university level. Assuming an adequate location is identified, this proposal provides the monetary support to configure the space such that equipment sets are moved and functional.

Describe the broader impacts and benefits of this proposal

The broader impact of this proposal is the establishment of the Advanced Engineering Materials Laboratory. This laboratory will provide support to the department, college, university and state of Montana for engineering materials research. In addition, the co-location of research labs has an added benefit of returning research space to academic department for increased undergraduate laboratory space.

Implementation Plan

This plan will begin implementation in March of 2013 when newly purchased equipment sets (~$250,000) begin to arrive. As the project continues, existing laboratories will be transferred to the Advanced Engineering Materials Laboratory. The timeline for these tasks will be related to speed at which the facility can be reconfigured to support the equipment sets. These tasks are expected to include providing equipment sets with facilities such as water, power and fixation. The project will be complete by March 2014, or when the budget has been expended.

Assessment Plan

This project will be assessed by the simple measure of lab establishment.

In August 2013, a mid-term assessment, and progress memo, will be provided on the establishment of the Advanced Engineering Materials Laboratory. This memo will capture the percentage of lab equipment that has been transferred to the new facility and is in an operational status.

In March 2014, a report will be provided on the establishment of the Advanced Engineering Materials Laboratory.

If assessed objectives are not met in the timeframe outlined what is the plan to sunset this proposal?

If the objectives are not met, costs associated with the movement of equipment will be covered from existing grant and contracts.

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Dean/Director: Brett Gunnink (
Executive/VP: Martha Potvin (