Member-Only Tours

Behind-the-Scenes Technical Tours for Members Only

All tours are scheduled on Fridays
1:45 – 2:00 p.m. – Arrival and Check-in
2:00 – 4:00 p.m. – Tour


NSF International Laboratory in Ann Arbor

Friday, February 16, 2018 

NSF International is a global, not-for-profit, public health and safety organization. Their mission and focus has always been protecting and improving human health. After hearing a short presentation on their global reach, enjoy a tour of their extensive labs dedicated to their mission.  Labs include GCMS and LCMS, Wet Chemistry, Trace Metals, Extraction, Microbiology, Pressure Testing, Plastics, Mechanical Plumbing, and Pool Filtration to name just a few. NSF tests to a wide range of ASTM, ASME, ASSE, CSA, as well as NSF standards including drinking water, lead content, filtration devices, pressure rating, oxidation resistance, and other requirements related to plumbing products. NSF also has a large focus on food equipment, dietary supplements, sustainability, and health sciences. You will learn about exciting developments in the area of building water health.

Plasmadynamics and Electric Propulsion Laboratory (PEPL) at University of Michigan

Friday, March 16, 2018

T.B. Simon Power Plant at Michigan State University

Friday, April 20, 2018

Plant guides will take attendees on a walking tour of the plant that features high pressure boilers, steam turbine generators, and auxiliary equipment.

The T.B. Simon Power Plant is a co-generation plant that provides steam, heat and electricity for the university. Also known as “combined heat and power,” the plant utilizes steam to generate electricity. Boilers create steam that passes through a turbine generator. The electricity and the steam are then distributed across campus. The steam is mainly used to heat and cool buildings. An easy way to think of the process is with the analogy of a tea kettle.

There are five boilers inside the power plant and two steam lines serving campus. The two steam lines ensure that, in case one line needs to be serviced, the campus will never be without heat.