Equipment Giving Opportunities
CEE has five teaching laboratories and a machining, woodworking and welding shop facility. The School is re-equipping and designing their labs with equipment that will allow students to be in full control of their experiments and projects. It is important that students get first-hand learning experience designing and producing the experiments and projects. Introducing new equipment will make course labs more manageable and provide effective learning techniques with modern equipment for our students.
CEE Equipment List
Below is a list of equipment which would enhance CEE’s learning environment. You can fully support, or make a partial contribution towards any of these items—no gift is too small. Please specify the piece of equipment you would like to support in the "special instructions" box.
Wolfvision Document Camera
A document camera is a visual presenter device that allows objects to be displayed to large audiences. It is used for real-time image capture and is able to magnify and project the images of actual three-dimensional objects as well as transparencies.
Safety Housing Enclosure for 3D Printer
The 3D safety enclosure is to protect users from the harmful particles that come from printing. As more students utilize 3D printing for their coursework, there is a growing demand for printers with enclosures. An added benefit of an enclosure is that it allows the temperature to be regulated during printing to reduce warping and cracking that could happen in less than ideal environments.
3-D Filament Recycling System
The trio of equipment, Reclaimer, Extruder and Spooler are separate pieces of equipment that are used collectively: Filabot Industrial Reclaimer: The benefit of a reclaimer is to allow students to be sustainable and reuse the waste that results in failed or tested 3D printed designs. Filabot EX2 Extruder: The extruder will allow students to reprocess recycled printed material and allow the School to utilize the waste. Another benefit is, it allows the students to experiment with additives and makeup of filament. Filabot Spooler: A spooler is used to store the extruded filament on spools that the 3D printers utilize.
Isothermal Gas Chromatograph
To be used in the Environmental Processes Teaching Lab, this equipment is used in analytical chemistry for separating and analyzing compounds that can be vaporized without decomposition. The gaseous compounds being analyzed interact with the walls of the column, which is coated with a stationary phase. A total of four chromatographs is preferred; one costs $5,700.
Vectrax 20" Variable Speed Floor Drill Press
This drill is stronger and more accurate than the 40-year old drill presently in the Bovay Laboratory. It would allow lab users to safely and accurately build testing equipment and specimens, to more accurately prototype their ideas.
Hardinge Tool Room Lathe
Students would benefit from the use of a tool room lathe that has threading capabilities. This machine is particularly noted for its accuracy in fabricating precision parts, thus saving time and money, as opposed to purchasing custom made components from an outside vendor. Having a tool room lathe would allow student teams to design and fabricate more intricate parts to meet budget restrictions and time constraints.
Miter Horizontal Band Saw
Students on the Steel Bridge Team will use the horizontal band saw to cut metal stock accurately and with precision each time. This is important factor in building various types of components.
Vertical Bandsaws Drive Type
The bandsaw produces a uniform cutting action as a result of an evenly distributed tooth load. This bandsaw would be used for woodworking, metalworking, or for cutting a variety of other materials. They are particularly useful for cutting irregular or curved shapes, but can make straight cuts.
Wrist Action Shaker
The Wrist Action Shaker would be a great resource for our students in the environmental teaching laboratory. It duplicates the swirling action of hand mixing. It defines reliability, versatility, and efficiency of design. An adjustment arm controls the amplitude and agitation of shaking from 0 to 15 degrees arc; shaker operates at 385 oscillations per min (+/- 10%). The shaker has a built in timer to operate from 1 to 60 min or can be set at continuous operation.
An incubator shaker will allow students in environmental engineering the ability to explore chemical reactions, biochemical reactions, and microbial growth under carefully controlled conditions. The incubator shaker provides a constant temperature to enable precise measurements of reaction rates and to provide optimal conditions for microbial growth. Likewise, the incubator shaker has a variable speed orbital shaker that allows reaction and microbial growth media to remain completely mixed during the course of the experiment. Students interested in chemical processes in drinking water treatment, microbial processes in wastewater treatment, or related environmental processes will benefit from having access to this instrument.
This piece of equipment will allow us to weigh several kilograms or just a few milligrams. It is important that students and faculty be able to achieve reliable analytical results. Quite a bit of time is spent preparing samples. Weighing solutions will ensure accurate results; this is necessary because any error in sample preparation will be simply perpetuated, or magnified, in downstream processing.
A microcentrifuge is an essential component in an environmental engineering lab. A microcentrifuge is used in separate phases of complex samples by using a rotor and centrifugal forces to separate sample components by density. A microcentrifuge is an ideal instrument to separate microbial cells from water or wastewater samples, isolate pure bacterial cultures, and to separate biological macromolecules such as DNA, RNA, and proteins. Students interested in biological processes in environmental engineering will benefit from having access to a microcentrifuge.