Research Centers

The following centers are a consortium of faculty, research staff and students from various departments of Washington University. The Centers exist to encourage collaborative research efforts among scientists working on problems and projects that span traditional departmental lines.

Institute for Materials Science and Engineering (IMSE)

The Institute for Materials Science and Engineering officially opened on July 1, 2013 to be a central hub for the materials research at Washington University. The IMSE is a PhD granting institute that sits primarily in the Schools of Arts & Sciences and Engineering and Applied Science. It maintains a world-class sample preparation and characterization equipment center that is located in the basement of Rudolph Hall. IMSE membership consists of over 30 faculty, and many graduate and undergraduate students, from ten participating departments, two in the School of Medicine. See http://imse.wustl.edu for additional information.

McDonnell Center for the Space Sciences

The McDonnell Center for the Space Sciences is a consortium of Washington University faculty, research staff and students from the departments of Earth & Planetary Sciences, Physics, Chemistry, and Engineering. The Center exists to encourage collaborative research efforts among scientists working on space science problems and projects that span traditional departmental lines. The "Mac Center," as it is called, fosters this type of endeavor through the sponsorship of cooperative research and through formal activities such as the Visiting Scientist Program. See http://mcss.wustl.edu/ for additional information.