Open Laboratories

Plymouth State University’s Open Laboratories facilitate engaged scholarship by bringing together disciplines and individuals to create multidimensional learning experiences. They provide opportunities for faculty, staff, alumni, retirees, and community members to work together on integrated learning projects and challenges. Open Laboratories are one of the “Four Tools” of PSU’s Integrated Clusters learning model.

“Open Laboratories are transformational spaces for students and faculty to engage with businesses and communities and apply their classroom experiences to address challenging problems,” says Professor Julie Bernier, coordinator of Health and Human Performance.

PSU is an evolving, dynamic institution, and the following Open Laboratories may be adapted or added to in order to meet the needs of student interests, curricular innovations, and marketplace demands. Please phone or e-mail the contacts listed below to reserve space or for additional information.

Draper & Maynard MakerspaceDraper & Maynard EMTR Robotics Open LaboratoryHuman Performance Center Open LaboratoryLamson Library Raymond S. Burton ’62 Open LaboratoryLamson Library Open LaboratoryStrength and Conditioning Open Laboratory

Draper & Maynard Makerspace

Draper & Maynard Building, First Floor

Provides students with an extraordinary opportunity to work in cutting-edge technology across the entire spectrum of additive manufacturing and design. The makerspace makes possible interdisciplinary collaborations in physical computing, healthcare, theatrical automation, environmental sciences, and hydroponics, among many other areas of interest.

Capacity: 14, more including the lounge.
Square footage: 1,300, plus additional space on the first floor, such as the Metal Shop
Main Contact: Bret Kulakovich, bret.kulakovich@plymouth.edu

Special Equipment

  • Highlights include Torchmate 4800 Plasma Table, ShopBot 9660 CnC, various 3D Printers including resin-based and high temperature, a 150 watt-36”x55” laser cutter, 55-ton Edwards Iron Worker and Pipe Bender.
  • Electronics, Industrial Robotics, and Robot Testing stations.

Hours and Access Rules

Semester schedule and workshop schedule available on website. Safety Workshop is required to work in the space, and certification on certain equipment. Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m., class days.

News

Sen. Maggie Hassan Visits D&M Makerspace

Draper & Maynard EMTR Robotics Open Laboratory

Draper & Maynard Building, Fourth Floor
Slated for Spring 2022 Opening

State-of-the-Industry fabrication space for the EMTR Robotics program and Arts & Technology cluster.

Capacity: DM401 (EMTR Classroom): 19. DM402 (Robotics Lab): 18.
Square footage: 3,700+
Main Contact: Bret Kulakovich, bret.kulakovich@plymouth.edu

Special Equipment

3D Printing, PCB circuit-board milling and CnC stations. A 105 watt-laser cutter, and Ubuntu Linux workstations running Robot Operating System (ROS), rViz and Gazebo simulator. Each machine has a 4GB graphics card with CUDA support for simulations and machine learning such as TensorFlow.

Hours and Access Rules

Semester schedule and workshop schedule available on website. Safety workshop is required to work in the space, and certification on certain equipment. DM401 is a classroom. The Robotics Lab hours are Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m., class days.

Human Performance Center Open Laboratory

Human Performance Center, Second Floor 

Student and public meetings, studying/homework 

Capacity: approx. 50 
Square footage: 1,992
Main Contact: Kayla Gaudette, klgaudette@plymouth.edu, (603) 535-2513

Special Equipment

  • Wall mounted, accessible televisions for sharing presentations and collaboration.  
  • 3D Virtual Cadaver for study of anatomical terms. Video visuals allow viewing from skin structures all the way down through the human body to muscles, bones, and cells with the swipe of a hand.  
  • Large glass whiteboard, quick charging stations, computers and printer, movable chairs and tables for easy collaboration 

Hours and Access Rules

Students have ID access for academic buildings during the hours of 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Lamson Library Raymond S. Burton ’62 Open Laboratory

Lamson Library 114

This Open Lab is generally used for studying, group projects, and collaboration. With three separate presentation stations, many groups can work at once in this space. 

Capacity: 32 (COVID capacity = 10)
Square footage: 916
Main Contact: Hannah Hounsell, hghounsell@plymouth.edu, (603) 535-2510

Special Equipment

  • Flexible seating, whiteboards on wheels, three large glass mounted whiteboards
  • Main Presentation Station: large, Sharp screen
  • Teamwork West Station: large, In Focus screen
  • Teamwork North Station: large, NEC screen

Hours and Access Rules

Used at-will for students whenever the Library is open. Can be booked on 25Live (Events & Conference Planning will reach out for permission) or by contacting Hannah Hounsell. All technical support is handled by the Help Desk.

News

Extraordinary gift honors the late Ray Burton ’62

Lamson Library Open Laboratory

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This Open Lab is often used for classes or large groups that need to work collaboratively while using computers. Individual students also use the space for studying and completing tech-based projects.

Capacity: 35 (COVID capacity = 10)
Square footage: 1,630
Main Contact: Hannah Hounsell, hghounsell@plymouth.edu, (603) 535-2510

Special Equipment

  • Flexible seating, whiteboards on wheels, one large glass whiteboard
  • Main Presentation Station: large, NEC screen
  • Teamwork North Station: large QOMO screen
  • Studio Station: camera, Mac, and gray screen
  • 18 Dell computers – most with two monitors

Hours and Access Rules

Used at-will for students whenever the Library is open. Can be booked on 25Live (Events & Conference Planning will reach out for permission) or by contacting Hannah Hounsell. All technical support is handled by the Help Desk.

Strength and Conditioning Open Laboratory

Human Performance Center, ground floor

Strength and Conditioning center for PSU students and resource for athletics and health disciplines. Cluster project possibilities involve a wide range of disciplines beyond the expected Health and Human Enrichment fields. For example, psychology and social science students could conduct research concerning sedentary lifestyles, while computer science students could create a strength training tracking program. View this overview publication for more information.

Capacity: 250 (entire Museum) 75 (lower level)
Square footage: 16,000
Main Contact: John “JT” Thomas, jtthomas2@plymouth.edu, (814) 777-5202 (cell)

Special Equipment

  • Plate-loaded machines allow users to strength train without a spotter.
  • Free-weight area can have up to 28 different platforms, allowing multiple teams or other users to train at once.
  • Planned expansions include a speed training area.
  • When the concept is fully built out, will surpass that of any other Division III program.

Hours and Access Rules

Plans call for this Open Laboratory to be opened to the broader public when the pandemic subsides, serving both student interests and the needs of area residents.