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Lab Safety Training

The Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture (VCEA), in partnership with WSU Environmental Health & Safety, created a specifically designed safety course to address the most common safety practices and areas of risk lab users may experience at WSU.

The course has been taken by numerous seasoned scientists, as well as those with no lab experience.  Both groups have noted they come away from the course pleasantly surprised at what they learned, and most make changes in their lab practices as a result.

VCEA strongly encourages all Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture personnel working or supporting a lab environment take this training, indifferent of their experience.

The training, already a requirement for any PACCAR lab user, provides an updated look at current lab practices in addition to three primary areas that influence risk within a lab.

  • Five Focus Areas and Chemical Compatibility
  • General Laboratory Safety and Hazard Communication
  • Dangerous Waste Generator, Chemical Storage, Emergency Response and Planning

The safety course is free of charge.

Material value

Professor Dave Field in the materials science lab.

Professor Dave Field is Voiland College’s Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, and Executive Director of JCDREAM.

We recently spoke with Field to get his take on teaching at WSU, and how materials science research is playing a critical role in our environment, economy, and national security.
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The student club advantage

WSU Material Advantage Club, 2015-2016

By: Marissa Mararac, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture

Materials science engineering is the study of polymers, metals, ceramics, and nano-materials, and how these materials help construct the products that are used in our everyday lives.

Washington State University materials science majors Hailey Warren and Ally Osmanson recently stopped by to share their experiences with this exciting field and their involvement with Voiland College’s thriving student club scene. » More …

Building breakthrough, breakthrough building

In the 1960s, researchers from Washington State University helped develop I-joist floor supports and particleboard that is now used in millions of homes and businesses around the world.

At the Composite Material and Engineering Center, they turn waste—from wood to carpet fiber to wind turbine blades—into composite materials strong enough for new buildings and bridges. » More …

Rocket man, rocket fuel

WSU graduate student Ian Richardson is helping NASA explore new ways to develop next–generation space rockets.

From the highways of Earth to the seas of Titan, WSU Ph.D. student Ian Richardson is on a quest to improve the state of our planet and push the boundaries of space. » More …

Heart start, hip smart

In 1996, Washington State University’s Clint Cole helped develop one of the first portable automated external defibrillators in the world. Today, WSU researchers are working to improve materials used in hip and knee replacements so that they last longer and allow patients to quickly get back on their feet after surgery. Led by Susmita Bose, scientists recently received a $1.8 million NIH grant to improve the way bone implants integrate into the body.

WSU researchers are working to improve materials used in hip and knee replacements so that they last longer and allow patients to quickly get back on their feet after surgery. » More …