Technical Services by the Numbers

The gentle whizzing and whirring of scientific equipment throughout the Institute creates a soothing sound backdrop for all the research that takes place. When that sound is interrupted by a thump, a clank, or a sputter, the skilled technical services group is called upon to restore placidity.

Armed with a thorough understanding of drive belts, o-rings, bearings, and couplings, the technical services team provides critical maintenance, repair, and troubleshooting on numerous small and large lab instruments and equipment.

$65,600,000
Amount spent on scientific equipment
since 2000

$1,200,000
Cost to support scientific equipment
in 2015

5,829
Number of pieces of scientific
equipment supported

1,371
Number of pipettes that require calibration

1,200
Average number of equipment repair and
maintenance requests fulfilled annually

346
Number of microscopes

230
Freezers that require defrosting

3
Biomedical and scientific equipment
technicians