Western Washington University Professor of Chemistry David Patrick has been appointed director of Western’s Scientific Technical Services (STS) program.
STS provides technical support and expertise to faculty, staff, and students for teaching and research involving advanced scientific instrumentation, as well as the design, fabrication, and repair of equipment. Patrick has been a member of the Chemistry Department since 1996, and previously served as the director of Western’s Advanced Materials Science and Engineering Center (AMSEC).
“STS has a remarkable track record of excellence supporting research, teaching, and other university activities impacting almost every unit on campus. I’m honored to have the opportunity to lead this highly regarded program," said Patrick. "The expertise of STS staff and their dedication to service are second to none – it’s truly one of the ‘crown jewels’ at Western.”
STS is a university-wide program overseen by an advisory council that includes members from all colleges. It operates the University Instrument Center, a multi-user core facility equipped with advanced analytical capabilities. The UIC provides user training, expert consultation, and analytical services. It also operates machine, electronics, and woodworking shops offering prototyping, repair, and design services. STS supports scholarly research, laboratory instruction, and provides introductory and advanced user training on scientific instrumentation. Access to equipment and training are available to faculty, staff, and students involved in projects using STS facilities. Its services are also available to regional companies via a fee-for-service program.