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Facilities Engineering

Supporting Physics Research through Excellence in Facilities and Operations

The Physics Department inhabits the Physics Research Building (191 W. Woodruff Avenue)  and office, classroom, student lab, and machine shop space in Smith Lab (174 W. 18th Avenue).  

Physics Computing Facility

Our highly talented staff provide hardware and software support and creative problem solving for the computer needs of the faculty and staff of the Department of Physics for administrative, academic and research issues.

The Electronics Lab (Elli)

Electronics Lab staff support research efforts in the Department of Physics with design, production, testing and repair of custom electronics.

ENCOMM NanoSystems Laboratory

The Center for Exploration of Novel and Complex Materials (ENCOMM) is an interdisciplinary center with the goal of nucleating, fostering, and supporting collaborative teams in the area of materials research at OSU. ENCOMM's mission is carried out through three principle activities:

  1. Support for open-access research infrastructure as well as technical and administrative staff in Nanosystems Laboratory (NSL) to provide critical research capabilities for a large and diverse group of internal and external users, which are essential for the success of many research projects including major block grants such as NSF MRSEC, DARPA, MURI, and quantum initiatives.
  2. Managing the integrated Materials Research Seed Grant Program (MRSGP) jointly funded by CEM, ENCOMM and IMR; MRSGP supports high-risk, high-reward novel ideas and team research projects, so they can be competitive for external grants, particularly block funding.
  3. Hosting ENCOMM seminars given by internal and external speakers to foster interdisciplinary interactions and team building with the potential for germinating new research directions and forming new research teams.

18th Avenue Library

This library located just one street south of the PRB at 175 West 18th Avenue is open 24 hours year round.

The collection covers astronomy, chemistry and chemical and biomolecular engineering, computer science, engineering, geodetic science, mathematics, patents & trademarks, physics and statistics.

Reference resources available at the library provide information on women and minorities in science and engineering, as well as access to e-journals

The Terra Byte Cafe located in the Northwest corner of the first floor and offers fresh sandwiches, salads, yogurt parfaits, muffins, hummus, edamame, coffee, specialty drinks and more.  The cafe is open until 11:00 pm most evenings (8:00 pm on Friday and Saturday). Cash, Buck-ID, plus a variety of credit card and university payment options are available.