Located in Mussafah, 12 miles southeast of NYUAD's Downtown Campus, the University's Center for Science and Engineering (CSE) is home to both advanced research projects and the laboratory sections for the University's science and engineering courses. Housed in a modern glass building and occupying three floors, the Center is an extensive laboratory with more than 60,000 square feet of instructional and research space.
Instructional and Research Space
The Center's instructional and research space contains a variety of experimental laboratories. They include:
- Multipurpose wet and dry labs
- Organic chemistry and engineering labs
- Three digital manufacturing labs
- A nanoparticle research lab
- A smart environment lab
- A robotics lab
Each is supported by the CSE's core facilities, in addition to appropriate tissue culture, prep, and seminar rooms, as well as 110 lab benches and 100 cubicle workstations located throughout the facility. The Center also contains machine shops, faculty offices, conference rooms, and storage facilities.
The CSE features three digital manufacturing labs. On the ground floor, near the Foundations of Science classrooms and their adjoining labs, is a digital manufacturing lab that uses the subtractive technique (in which a product is created through removal of material) and features two CNC (computer numerically controlled) machines that support this process. One of the CNC machines is the VF2-TR, which is a five-axis milling machine, and the other is the DS-30Y, a dual-spindle turning center with Y-axis milling. Both are production-line-quality machines from HAAS that can handle hard-to-machine materials such as stainless steel and Inconel, and can make just about anything, from sculptures to high-performance pump impellers for rocket engines, with a precision of plus or minus 5 microns.
The second digital manufacturing lab is on the first floor and uses the additive process. The lab currently includes two 3D printers, one that uses the fused deposition process and another that uses the cross-linked polymer process. Two additional printers — a selective laser sintering metal printer and an SLS plastic printer — are scheduled to be added. The additive manufacturing lab also includes a small 3D laser scanner.
The third digital manufacturing lab is also located on the first floor and provides support for the digital structuring of electronic circuits. The lab can produce multi-layer printed circuit boards and can be used to build PCBs with both through-hole and surface-mount components on both sides of the finished board. The primary design tool used by this lab is Altium Designer, but the lab also includes support for other packages such as Eagle PCB software.
In addition to a student-grade X-ray fluorescence (XRF) spectrometer for the chemical analysis of materials and a student-grade scanning electron microscope (SEM) to determine information about a sample's properties using a beam of electrons, the materials lab contains a research-grade CT scanner that can handle parts as heavy as 200 pounds and universal testing machines that are used to test the tensile stress and compressive strength of materials. There is also a laser cutter and a full range of student- and research-grade optical microscopes. Down the hall, the nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy characterizes materials by using the magnetic properties of atomic nuclei to determine chemical and physical properties of atoms or the molecules that contain them.
Science and Engineering
On the Center's first floor, much of the space is dedicated to organic chemistry, engineering, and biology, with departments sharing many of the floor's facilities, including central core labs for material characterization, microscopy, molecular biology, tissue culture, additive digital manufacturing, and digital manufacturing of electronics. Future plans include the installation of several mass spectrometers (to join the first, installed in July 2012), which ionize chemical compounds, generating charged molecules in order to determine the masses of particles, the elemental composition of a sample, and the chemical structures of molecules.
Nearby, connected teaching labs and seminar rooms provide faculty with flexible instructional spaces. A lab for the Design and Innovation course includes a small workshop with drill presses, a four-axis bench-top milling tool, and a vacuum forming machine, as well as an electronics workshop that enables students to create their own printed circuit boards, electronic-based devices, and working prototypes.
Half of the CSE's second floor is dedicated to computational research and is used by faculty in engineering, math, physics, computer science, chemistry, and psychology. In addition to shared "core" spaces for chemistry and engineering, there is a synthesis area used by the chemists and an analysis room, an advanced materials characterization lab, an instrumentation room, a robotics lab, a smart environment living lab, a smart environment research lab, a super-critical C02 lab where nanoparticles can be created, and workstations and wet benches. There is also a dark room where photochemical experimental work can be done.