Center for Biotechnology & Interdisciplinary Studies building lit at night

Institute-Wide Core Facilities

Biotechnology Core Facilites

Among the most advanced research facilities in the nation, the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies supports 11 state-of-the-art Research Core Facilities that are available to all Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute faculty, staff and students, and to other academic, government, medical, and industry collaborators.

Characterization Core Facilites

The Center for Materials, Devices, and Integrated Systems integrates research capabilities and expertise across the broad spectrum of engineering, physical, and chemical sciences at Rensselaer, operating and maintaining the shared experimental facilities, primarily our cleanroom and characterization core.

  • Microscale and Nanoscale Cleanroom (MNCR)
  • Nanoscale Characterization Core (NCC)
  • Polymer Processing and Characterization Core

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Computational Core

The Center for Computational Innovations (CCI) is a world-class hub of computation and data-related research, innovation, and education.

A central feature of the CCI is the Artificial Intelligence Multiprocessing Optimized System (AiMOS), an eight petaflop IBM POWER9-equipped supercomputer configured to enable users to explore new AI applications.


Arts, Sciences, and Technology Core

Both a performing arts center and research and production facility, The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) provides an environment that supports the realization of complex artworks and research projects at any stage, from inception to completion.

The Cognitive and Immersive Systems Laboratory (CISL @ EMPAC), a joint initiative with IBM founded in 2015, uses these same spaces and technologies to research new human-computer interfaces.

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