Research and Instructional Support Facility

The Research and Instructional Support Facility (RISF) provides machining, electronics, glass blowing, technical design and consulting services to CST and Temple University researchers. A student machine shop located adjacent to the main facility allows students to use basic shop tools to support their work after taking a required shop introduction and safety program.


Metal Fabrication
Capabilities include milling, lathe turning, and surface grinding of typical metals including aluminum, brass, stainless steels and other metal alloys.

Welding, Brazing and Soldering
Welding of metals like aluminum and stainless steel for both structural purposes and leak tight vacuum or pressure vessels. “Soft or hard” soldering of stainless steel, copper, brass and other cuprous metals.

Plastics and other non-metals
Machining of acrylics and other types of polymers. Custom made or modified fabricated parts can be joined by either solvent welding or hot-air ‘fusion’ for liquid and air tight seal.

Machining contacts

Edward Kaczanowicz, Supervisor
Matthew McCormick, Machinist


Troubleshooting and repair of electronic and electrical equipment, including scientific, instructional and industrial devices.

Custom electronic circuit design and construction for research, laboratory or instructional purposes

Electronics contact

Richard J. Harris

Glass Blowing

Custom Work and Repair
Experienced custom laboratory/scientific glasswork and repair.

Glass blowing contact

David W. Plasket

Charges and Authorization

The labor charge is $55 dollars an hour for work done by a facility staff member. Before proceeding with work, a cost center account number must be provided and a signed authorization is required from a budget unit head or principal investigator.

Work request

The RISF work request form (pdf)