MSE Opens the MILL - the Maker and Measure Space

The Materials Innovation and Learning Laboratory (The MILL) officially opened on October 28 in conjunction with the MSE External Advisory Board’s fall meeting. The MILL complements the renowned Invention Studio, the student-run makerspace in the Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, by being the “measure space” with equipment for analysis, creation, characterization, and testing of materials to encourage discovery and hands-on learning of materials science concepts by students from across the Institute.

Based in the J. Erskine Love Building, initial facilities include five multi-material 3D printers, a benchtop electron microscope with elemental analysis, and mechanical testing equipment. The MILL will be staffed by undergraduate and graduate students, with Profs. Mark Losego and Paul Russo as primary faculty advisors. The MILL’s open-access, peer-to-peer training platform seeks to re-imagine what is possible for materials science education in the 21st Century.  

The equipment for the MILL was acquired with the generous support of the 3M Foundation, Art and Patricia Cox, TA Instruments, the College of Engineering, and the Georgia Institute of Technology.