Research Support Services

Glassblowing Shop

glassblowing shop

Located in Shelby Hall, the A&S Glassblowing Shop provides design, construction, and repair services for researchers at The University of Alabama. The shop is managed by Rick Smith, a laboratory glassblower with more than 45 years of experience.


Machine Shop

The A&S Machine Shop builds, modifies and repairs scientific instruments that are used in the sciences.


  • Custom design: Consult with and advise faculty and other researchers on instrumentation design and construction
  • CAD/CAM: We use the CAD program SolidWorks and the Master CAM program to integrate designed parts into 3-axis milling.
  • Milling machines: Currently have a CNC Haas VF5 Mill, CNC Super Mini Mill 2, (3) Bridgeport Mills, (2) drill presses, and (1) tapping machine
  • Engine lathes: CNC Haas TL3 turning lathe, (2) Monarch lathes and a Romi metric lathe.
  • Shearing, brake, rolling, sand blaster machine and marvel horizontal saw
  • Welding: Ultra high vacuum, TIG, MIG, oxygen-acetylene, brazing
  • Stock materials: We stock stainless steel, aluminum, oxygen free copper, brass and many other specialty metals and plastics.
  • Water jet and some wood cutting machines


Electronic Shop

electronic equipment

The A&S Electronic Shop provides builds, modifies, and repairs electronic components used by researchers in the sciences.


  • Consulting with researchers on equipment needs and specifications
  • Designing, building, and modifying custom components
  • Troubleshooting and repairing inoperable equipment

The shop is located in 134 Gallalee Hall with a satellite in Shelby Hall.


  • Danny Whitcomb, Chief Electronic Technician, 135 Gallalee Hall, (205) 348-4591,
  • William Atkins, Electronic Technician, 1049 Shelby Hall, (205) 348-8439,