In 1991, the School of Engineering and the Department of Physics merged their individual shops to create what is now called JEPIS, Joint Engineering and Physics Instrument Shop. JEPIS is administered by the Institute for Molecular and Nanoscale Innovation (IMNI) as an interdisciplinary, interdepartmental, non-profit facility. JEPIS is advised by a committee with both Physics and Engineering representatives to guide the needs of the scientific community, now and in the future.
The purpose of JEPIS is to assist the scientific departments at Brown University in the development of experiments, research projects and instructional classes. JEPIS offers all the basic machine shop capabilities with the addition of CNC design consultation. JEPIS also offers hands-on training and instruction through a non-credit basic machine shop course, as well as, an advanced course geared toward Graduate Students. Recent renovations and enhancements to the JEPIS Student Shop will provide students with a stronger base for their experimental studies.
JEPIS is available to all Brown University departments, and the JEPIS staff is also available to provide general advice and assistance to staff, faculty, and students in finding sources for materials and devices required for their projects or instructional classes. JEPIS operates as a non-profit cost center, charging an hourly fee for labor plus materials used to defer operational expenses. Major technological improvements and capital expenses are not included in the hourly rate.