FORT WAYNE, Ind.—The Argast Family Imaging and Analysis Lab is open for business at Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW). At a news conference formally dedicating the lab today (Friday, Nov. 2, 2012), IPFW Chancellor Vicky L. Carwein noted the lab will “…allow our students to be better prepared to meet the demands of prospective employers, as well as help our faculty in their research efforts; while at the same time being a recruiting tool for both top students and faculty.”
The lab was made possible thanks to a generous donation by the Argast Family, Jim, Deb, David, and IPFW Professor of Geology Anne Argast. The donation was for the specific purchase of a scanning electron microscope or SEM. An SEM produces images by scanning a specimen with a focused beam of electrons, which interact with electrons in the sample and produce a variety of signals containing information about the specimen’s surface and make-up.
Carl Drummond, dean of IPFW’s College of Arts and Sciences, talked about developing partnerships with area industries to use the lab, saying many small and mid-sized companies who do not have their own SEM lab can find immediate uses for what is now available in this lab. Drummond introduced Scott Glaze, chairman and CEO of Fort Wayne Metals, whose company is already partnering with the lab. Glaze spoke about the benefits of having a lab with this one’s capabilities so close and accessible as a huge benefit to the company.
Following the dedication visitors were given tours of the lab, where they were able to see the SEM in action and view photographs of its work.