Patrick Shipman

Department of Mathematics
Colorado State University



Natural and Environmental Sciences Building,
Room B338


Patrick Shipman (Mathematics)
Stephen Thompson (Chemistry)

The Laboratory for Mathematics in the Sciences (LMITS) and Experiential Learning Studio in the Natural and Environmental Sciences Building provide a unique setup for teaching, outreach, and research in (applied) mathematics, science, and engineering.

Goal 1. Integration of theory and practice in undergraduate and graduate courses for mathematicians, scientists, and engineers

Goal 2. Development of outreach activities in (applied) mathematics

Goal 3. Support for interdisciplinary research in applied mathematics

 Small-scale sustainable science

Patrick Shipman

Description of the Facilites

LMITS was designed as a multipurpose lab where science, math, and engineering (undergraduate and graduate) courses could be researched and developed. The room contains 2 sciplex workstations designed by Prof. Thompson. Each sciplex has built-in natural gas, compressed air, light box, vacuum, utilities (4plex electrical), and computers.  The design costs were orginally obtained on an NSF grant to Prof. Thompson. Twenty- five of these sciplex units were installed in LMITS and the Experiential Learning Studio and have been used extensively and successfully as learning centers for instruction in chemistry, physics, astronomy, astrophysics, lab calculus, natural resources, GPS, science methods, and a wide variety of workshops for K-20 groups, including science, math, and engineering teachers and professors from 21 foreign countries. Over 200 engineers from the US and around the world have asked for plans, including locally Front Range CC, Poudre HS, and the Honda School (Estes Park). The design philosophy has been to develop educational materials in the environment in which they will be used by learners. LMITS also has two excellent fume hoods, a large refrigerator suitable for chemical storage, a $5000 ozone generator, and a laboratory convection oven. There is a "floating cart" of  24 HP tablet PCs. The room contains a large amount of glassware and other standard laboratory equipment, including, for example, spectrometers and chromographic supplies, and digital voltimeters.  Materials were bought on DOE, NSF, and EPA grants to Prof. Thompson.

Patrick Shipman

The College of Natural Sciences has supported LMITS through the purchase of an Olympus compound (100x,400x,600x) microscope on a unique rotating stand designed to allow for viewing a sample at any angle.  The stand is attached to an antivibration table.