The Engineering and Design Core Facility (EDCF) serves faculty, staff, and student researchers across multiple disciplines. See highlights of research projects the facility has supported below:

HEP Scanner

The High Energy Physics (HEP) Scanner project was created as an upgrade to a capillary fluorescence scanning instrument, which can be used in high-energy physics experiments. The instrument scans the length of a glass capillary with ultra-violet light and measures the fluorescence uniformity from a solution contained in the capillary. The EDCF provided the electrical, mechanical, and software engineering for the scanner.



iLocater is an ultra-precise planet-finding spectrometer that operates at infrared wavelengths. The iLocater acquisition camera collects light from an eight meter diameter telescope and focuses it into a six micron single mode optical fiber while the telescope tracks a star's movement. The EDCF played many roles in the development of this instrument over the past few years, including mechanical and electrical engineering and control software development.


The Lumen Watch, which was developed for a student, was designed to determine ultra-violet solar exposure while tracking the watch's orientation to the sun.  The EDCF provided the electrical and mechanical design of the watch.


The RapiSense instrument, now in its 3rd generation, was designed to automate the process of DNA detection in microfluidic samples. The instrument dispenses solutions to a sensor, thermal cycles the solution to duplicate the DNA, and collects data from an amperometric scan of the sensor. The EDCF provided the electrical, mechanical, and software design for the instrument.


Vital View

The Vital View project is focused on developing a non-contact baby monitor that collects heart rate and respiration measurements. Vital View was a co-winner of Notre Dame's McCloskey New Venture Competition. The EDCF is helping Vital View develop a low-cost commercial design and providing the prototype interface programming.

Wind Tunnel

Notre Dame is developing the Large Mach 6 Quiet Hypersonic Wind Tunnel with the Air Force Office for Scientific Research to advance the science of hypersonic vehicles. The EDCF created the detailed mechanical design of the converging/diverging nozzle assembly.