Miami University

Miami University
Instrumentation Laboratory


The Instrumentation Laboratory is a technological partner to teaching and research throughout Miami University by its support of instrumentation and laboratory equipment. This partnership is achieved through competent staff, suitably equipped facilities, and the array of services available to both faculty and students.

Instrumentation Laboratory services are maintenance and repair of instruments, laboratory apparatus, and glassware; consultation and training on laboratory equipment; and design and construction of specialized apparatus. Facilities are the electrical and electronic laboratory, the mechanical laboratory and machine shop, and the welding shop. Multidisciplinary access to an inventory of major analytical instruments is provided.


Maintenance and repair- The Instrumentation Laboratory provides routine and preventative maintenance and repair for instruments and laboratory apparatus.

Consultation and Training- The Instrumentation Laboratory consults with faculty and students on a wide range of technical issues related to research, such as equipment purchase, instrument selection, and design. We train in user maintenance of instruments, and safety procedures.

Design and Construction of Specialized Apparatus- The Instrumentation Laboratory staff has the engineering and technological skills to design and construct many types of instruments, apparatus, and accessories. Complex glassware, mechanisms from well drilling rigs to miniature sample cell manifolds, and amplifiers, filters, timers, computer interfaces, and software have been designed and built by the Instrumentation Laboratory. The IL is now offers design and support of projects using the LabVIEW System Design Software.

Instrument Accessibility- The Instrumentation Laboratory provides interdisciplinary access to major research instruments located in the science departments. Specialized instruments important to two or more research groups are made accessible to all researchers by inclusion on the Instrumentation Laboratory's Equipment List.

Questions- If you have questions about any of these services, please contact the Instrumentation Lab.

Other services- Audio-visual services, computer services, building maintenance, and utilities are provided by other organizations at Miami University.

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  • Hours:
  • School Year: 8:00 AM-5:00 PM
  • Summer: 7:30 AM-4:30 PM

The Instrumentation Laboratory is located in room 75 Hughes.

The facility consists of:

Electronics Support Laboratory- The Electronics Laboratory is equipped to repair and calibrate the electrical and electronic parts of most laboratory apparatus found at Miami University and to construct electronic circuits including printed circuit boards.

Mechanical Support Laboratory and Machine Shop- The Mechanical Laboratory maintains apparatus ranging from delicate balances and microscopes to large drilling rigs and hydraulic presses. Computer controlled machine tools facilitate machining of complex shapes and precise duplication of parts. Mig, tig, stick welding, and limited sheet metal work are also available.

Glass Support - The IL is presently outsourcing all of its glass needs. If you have a glass need, please contact the director. The oursourcing policy has recently been revised to better serve our users. The IL now has a glassblower coming on campus the third Tuesday of every month  to meet with researchers who need to have glasswork repaired or fabricated. The glass policy is more fully explained in the glassware policy section of this site.

Other- We provide on-site service for instruments that are too sensitive or bulky to be transported conveniently. We are not staffed or equipped to pickup or deliver equipment.

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Bill Lack

Director, Senior Instrument Repair Technician

75E Hughes


Mike Weeks         

Instrumentation Engineer

75D Hughes


Jayson Alexander

Instrument Maker / Machinist

75G Hughes


Sanford Begley

Instrumentation Technologist, Electronic

75C Hughes


Feel free to contact any of the staff above either via telephone or email.

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Instrumentation Laboratory Advisory Committee




Term Through

Chris Makaroff

College of Arts & Science, Ad Hoc Member

Sameer Al-Abdul-Wahid

Chemistry & Biochemistry


Samir Bali   



Randy Claytor

Kinesiology and Health


D.J. Ferguson



Rick Page      

Chemistry & Biochemistry


Geoff Riggle



Paul Schaeffer   



Claire Shi



Jessica Sparks   

Chemical, Paper, & Biomedical Engineering


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Instrumentation Information Interchange Listserv List

The Instrumentation Information Interchange Listserv List is for the discussion and exchange of ideas between the Instrumentation Laboratory and the research community. We invite all researchers on campus to join the list.

To join the list, go to the III Archives page.

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Mission, Services, Facility, Staff, IL Advisory Committee, III List


Instrumentation Laboratory at Miami University

If you have comments or suggestions, email them to the Instrumentation Lab