Laboratories: Robert Morris University Laboratories | Robert Morris University


The provision of adequate facilities for experiential learning is one of Robert Morris University’s strengths, for the university has adopted technology as a mainstay for learning and conducting research. Ongoing and near-future facility improvement projects and continuous academic technology support from the university is evidence of continuous improvements within our facilities.

RMU’s Chemistry laboratory is conveniently located on the second floor of the John Jay building, adjacent to the laboratories for Biology, Physics, Environmental Science, and Anatomy and Physiology. A modern facility. This laboratory features a workspace for 24 students and an instructor’s bench with space for demonstrations and teaching supplies. Microscope area, Fisher-Hamilton fume hoods, & weighing stations with two precision Mettler Toledo balances are included. Other equipment available in the laboratory includes a medium-sized high- temperature drying oven, an instructor’s PC, FTIR spectrometer, UV-Vis spectrometers, student PC’s, centrifuge, HPLC, autoclave/sterilizer, industrial ice machine, and equipment for gas/ion chromatography, benchtop proton NMR, and atomic absorption/emission.

The Physics laboratory holds laboratory equipment to cover the entire spectrum of the physics curriculum, allowing students to perform a variety of experiments in error analysis, vectors, density, collisions in one dimension and two dimensions, projectile motion, determination of acceleration due to gravity, pendulum motion, pulleys, waves, speed of sound in air, specific heat, mechanical equivalence of heat, DC circuits, electric and magnetic fields, wave and geometrical optics, charge to mass ratio of electron, and speed of light.

The Anatomy and Physiology Lab was constructed in 2011 to meet the growing demand for A&P courses and labs from increasing enrollment in Engineering, Nursing and Biology programs. The laboratory is equipped with 12 compound microscopes, a complete set of human tissue and blood cell slides, 24 student dissection kits and trays for various size specimens, a ventilation hood and downdraft ventilation on student work tables, a safety shower and eye wash, life size human models, a complete collection of human bone models, and various instrumentation from Vernier for collecting physiological data (e.g. electrocardiograph, lung capacity, blood pressure.

The microbiology lab houses Microbiology Lab, Cell and Molecular Biology Lab, and Human Genetics Lab.

The University’s early strategic commitment to the growth of the engineering department is also reflected in the industrial-grade experimental and instructional technology facilities available for engineering education. Our state-of- the-art experiential-learning facility, commonly referred to as the Engineering Learning Factory, was established in August 2000. It is a scaled, industrial-grade facility where students take a product from concept through manufacture in a process wholly analogous to that used in modern technology-driven enterprises.

Automated Manufacturing Cell is composed of a CNC Mill, a CNC Lathe, Fanuc M16 and A520 robots, a bagging machine, a wax-jet barcode printer, as well as a small parts feeder. The cell also has a conveyor with four stations allowing multiple pallets to carry parts amongst the machines and monitored by RFID and supervised by a PLC.

Engineering Materials Testing Laboratory (EMTL) consists of a universal testing machine, multiple hardness testers, a mechanical fatigue tester, an impact tester as well as an oven.

Machine Shop houses both vertical and horizontal band saws, a drill press, a manual lathe, a manual mill, simple press-break, as well as a surface grinder.

Biomedical Engineering Laboratory includes a smaller universal tester, materials sample preparation equipment, optical metallography equipment, multiple microscopes, an incubator, an autopsy table, a micro CNC Mill and a lathe.

Powder Metallurgy Room houses the ProMetal RXD Powder 3D Printer and a Cold Isostatic Press, as well as a Shot Blaster.

Mechanical Engineering Laboratory (Thermo-Fluids (METF) includes a small wind-tunnel and thermal camera 3D Printing Laboratory is equipped with UPrint SE FDM, Projet 1200 MicroSLA & Project 760Plus Powder Printer. There are also four student or built machines available including an RMU DLP Printer, a Prusa Mendel FFF Machine, a Mendelmax 1.5 Machine, and a Welding- based Inverted Delta Printer. Mechanical Engineering Laboratory (Mechanics) includes a wide variety of portable and bench top equipment. Solidworks FEA, Abaqus/Simulia, Hyperware, Matlab/Simulink software tools are available for this subject area.

Circuits, Controls, & Auto ID Laboratory (CC) hosts the NI ELVIS work-stations and associated ELVIS and NI and Multisim software, PLC equipment that varies from Allen Bradley MicroLogix to ControlLogix to be programmed with RS Logix tools.

Industrial Engineering Laboratory (IEL) houses the Safety, Health, Ergonomics, Human Factors equipment including safety signs, personal protective equipment, sensory instrumentation & lock/tag out equipment.

Metal Shop (METS) A new Metal Shop in Wheatley houses fabrication laboratory equipment; equipped with a plasma cutter, two MIG welders, an arc welder, two shear-break- roll combos, and a sand casting set-up.