Shimadzu Scientific Instruments and Oklahoma State University (OSU) have joined forces to help establish The College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology’s (CEAT) Mechanical and Physical Properties Testing Lab. The new lab is part of the ExxonMobil Testing Laboratory in the new ENDEAVOR facility on the campus of OSU in Stillwater, Okla. ENDEAVOR is a newly constructed 72,000-sq-ft facility encompassing three floors of laboratories and maker spaces focused on creating multidisciplinary, collaboration-based learning environments that prepare students for the real-world workforce.

To support OSU in the establishment of ENDEAVOR, SSI awarded a grant as part of the Shimadzu Partnership for Academics, Research and Quality of Life (SPARQ) program. Equipped with a collection of Shimadzu’s materials testing instruments, this lab space will reportedly allow students to characterize materials with an array of scientific techniques. The Shimadzu suite of instruments includes an energy-dispersive X-ray fluorescence spectrometer and six fully loaded, high-capacity universal test machines that offer testing capabilities that can be found only on the OSU campus.

“We all learn more and retain longer when we actively learn,” said Brad Rowland, coordinator of ENDEAVOR and clinical assistant professor of chemical engineering. “Shimadzu instruments are ideally suited for engineering students to use because operations are straightforward, and the equipment is durable. Students will not only be learning basic principles of materials, but also the nuances of materials testing though hands-on application.”

“Shimadzu is honored to partner with OSU to give students the ability to actively learn by using these materials testing instruments,” said Scott Kuzdzal, Ph.D., vice president of marketing at SSI. “The state-of-the-art ENDEAVOR facility provides exceptional resources for teaching and training the next generation of engineers, and we look forward to a long-standing partnership with OSU.”

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