History

Fall 2015:

  • The idea for an open-access space for MSE students is conceived.
  • Acquired Ken Gall’s former lab as a physical location.

Spring 2016

  • Students clear out Gall’s lab and begin plans for the facility.
  • Lots of excitement – little funding (< 10 students)

Summer 2016

  • Win Tech Fee Funds for Benchtop SEM.

Fall 2016

  • Major “renovation” of space to make it “a student-owned space”.
  • Acquired SEM and 5 multi-material 3D printers.

Spring 2017

  • A practical opening of space to users.  Students staff The MILL 4 hrs/day; 4 days/wk.
  • The MILL’s staff grows to 20+ members.

Summer 2017

  • Acquire LOTS more equipment: FTIR, UV/Vis, Mechanical Tester, XRD, XRF, electrical measurement, furnaces, polymer extruder….
  • Win Tech Fee for “High End” 30 N to 30 kN Universal Testing System.

Fall 2017

  • Learning & Discovery (L&D) Teams – student-driven research teams
  • The first semester of full staffing – staff grows to 40+ students

Spring 2018

  • Expanded executive council – including a Chief Operating Officer, and Setting sights to add more exec members in the Fall
  • Preparing projects for the MILL fellows to complete over Summer 2018

Summer 2018

  • 4 MILL Summer Fellows staffing the MILL 40 hours/week
  • Expanding the MILL into the Undergraduate Lab
  • Institutionalization of Knowledge – Training documents/videos/certification exams
  • Dramatically expanding Safety Procedures and documentation in the MILL
  • Beginning High Entropy Alloy project and establishing the framework for additional MILL sponsored project
  • Acquiring new equipment and having it set for the Fall 2018 semester