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The Russ College operates state-of-the-art research and training facilities in several locations just off campus. Ten miles away at the Ohio University Airport, the Francis J. Fuller Aviation Training Center serves as training ground for aviation students, and the Avionics Engineering Center in the McFarland Avionics Avionics Engineering Center Building at the airport is part of the only avionics facility of its kind in the U.S.
On the west side of Athens, the Institute for Corrosion and Multiphase Technology operates the largest laboratory in the world for simulating and testing multiphase flow regimes and complex corrosion environments. Just east of campus, the 7,000-square-foot Sustainable Energy and Advanced Materials Laboratory houses groundbreaking research in alternative fuels, waste remediation and sustainable materials. Pioneering research into algae as fuel feedstock is the main focus of the Biofuels Research Lab in the Ridges buildings on south campus. In Lancaster, the Ohio Research Institute for Transportation and the Environment researchers use the $2.5M Accelerated Pavement Load Facility and the National Asphalt Laboratory to test pavement materials and construction under controlled conditions.