Academic Research

The Advanced Analysis Facility has played a supporting role at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in graduate and undergraduate academic research for nearly 25 years.  With expertise achieved across several disciplines from years of experience, the AAF staff is happy to discuss research efforts and instrumentation capabilities with students.

Graduate level research:

The AAF’s laboratory serves as a “home away from home” for graduate students conducting work outside of their individual group research labs and collaborate with researchers from various disciplines.  In addition to advanced research instrumentation, the AAF also includes sample preparation facilities, fume hoods, lab ovens, glassware for chemical preparations, balances, optical microscopes, and a refurbishing room with drill-press and other tools.

Graduate students are encouraged to consult AAF staff on instrumental methods and sample preparation or other research inquiries.

To increase your knowledge of materials characterization and the science behind the instrumentation at the AAF, consider taking UWM graduate course MSE511 Advanced Materials Characterization.

Undergraduate level research:


Undergraduate students at UW-Milwaukee are able to secure part-time positions as undergraduate researchers within the College of Engineering and Applied Science, Physics, Chemistry, or Biology while earning their degree.  These position allows students to work along-side and learn from graduate students in their field of study.  Often, undergraduates conduct similar work to graduate students and may earn the same user privileges at the AAF.

In addition to undergraduate research the AAF also supports undergraduate engineering senior design projects via instrumentation training and guidance.  Student groups work together with one or more instruments to collect the data needed to facilitate their engineering design project.  Senior design project concepts are brought to the university by area companies and aim to solve real world engineering problems.


Community Engagement:

Each year the AAF hosts laboratory demonstrations during ASM-Milwaukee chapter’s Materials Camp®.  ASM Materials Camp is a week-long summer camp which allows high school students to delve into the world of materials science and engineering.  This fun-filled week promotes Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) in today’s youths through group projects, seminars, hands-on laboratory demonstrations and more.  Nearly 10+ professional engineers representing well-known companies and several faculty members from UW-Milwaukee and Marquette University attend each day and interact with students.