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New accounts at UW-Madison

Welcome to the Materials Science Center!

Getting started

  1. Account setup: Before funding can be set up for you the the WCNT, you must first create a user account. You can do this from http://wcam-fom.doit.wisc.edu/fom/welcome and selecting the “I am a new user” link.
  2. Funding:  The principle investigator or their designee are responsible for maintenance of their funding strings.  For instructions, please click here.  For questions, contact Lori Snyder (rm 2713 Engineering Hall, lori.snyder@wisc.edu)
  3. Training:  If you need training on an instrument, please contact the staff member in charge of the equipment.


Billing is submitted electronically on a monthly basis. A “test” bill is sent out after the first of each month, giving the principal investigator three days to review the billing charges and make any changes in the funding before the final billing is submitted.

Funding changes  

Any requests to do funding changes after the billing has been submitted will have to be done by the principal investigator’s department staff as a non-salary transfer. The MSC can only change the current month’s billing and charges forward. The MSC will not be able to do retroactive changes, but you can ask your departmental accounting staff to do retroactive changes for you.

How do I get after-hours access to NIAC?

After hours access either requires level two training on the appropriate instrument or permission from the staff member who is in charge of the equipment or lab you want to use after hours. Please contact Chris Kailhofer (room 201C MS&E Building, 262-8175) for the after hours pass.

For after hours access to the x-ray equipment in ERB, students should get the form from the ERB loading dock. Then have Donald Savage sign it and take the form to Mitch in the ERB loading dock to get a key.

How do I get keys for after-hours access to the NIAC?

Please fill out the key access request at https://keylime.engr.wisc.edu.  After approval keys can be obtained from Chris Kailhofer (room 201C MS&E Building, 262-8175).