The Department’s Tech Room/Machine Shop is devoted to special student and faculty research, as well as routine equipment maintenance.
Under the direction of faculty and electronics and machine shop technician Thomas Cipolli, it offers students a place to build project equipment, get creative, and learn the practical side of physics research.
In addition to power machinery such as lathes, drill presses, band saw, and a new milling machine, the workshop is equipped with a large selection of hand tools, as well as supplies, for example, of metal bar and sheet stock. Over the years, the Physics Department’s capabilities have sufficiently improved to the point that it is an unusual job that cannot be handled there.
The Physics Department’s acquisition is a Bridgeport Knee Mill, pictured above. The milling machine is a great addition to the Physics Department. The machine is used by students for senior projects, to fabricate fittings, lab demos, and much more.