In this 2016-17 school year, the College is setting up its own makerspace in the newly renovated Klages Center, adding 15,000 SF to its facilities. Makerspaces, or "hackspaces," are DIY spaces where people gather to create, invent and learn.
Our expansion includes senior design studios, team meeting rooms, an additional computer lab, an enlarged machine shop, a wood shop, a welding shop, 3D printing enhancements, and a dedicated space for laser engraving, prototyping and painting. Plus new laboratory facilities for environmental, geotechnical and transportation engineering as part of the civil engineering program.
The College of Engineering offices and engineering labs are housed in Wood-Mar Hall. The lab space is outfitted with the latest engineering equipment and software. Additional labs are housed in the adjoining Edwards-Holman Science Center, along with the physics lab and additional computer labs.
- Computer-Aided Design (CAD) Laboratory
- Machine Shop
- Engineering Projects Laboratory
- Circuits/Electronics Laboratory
- Civil Laboratory
- Energy Systems Laboratory
- Heat Transfer Laboratory
- Mechanics and Materials Engineering Laboratory
- Microprocessors Laboratory
- Microwave Laboratory
- Senior Design Laboratory
Engineering students use this space for computer-aided design, solid modeling, parametric analysis, and prototyping with the 3D printer. Here students initiate the design process, using a variety of software applications. These allow students to funnel their creative thoughts into working computational models. The lab is equipped with 12 workstations running Windows and a laser printer. The students can also access much of the engineering software applications via the network with their own computers.
The machine shop enables students to fabricate material objects out of metal, wood or plastic, from their drawings, sketches and computer models. All first-year students will be oriented on lab safety and machine use and will pass a certificate of operation test for independent use of all machinery and power tools. In addition to housing five primary material removal and joining apparatus, the shop provides storage for material stock and hand operated and portable power tools. The shop equipment is as follows: MIG/TIG welders, milling machine, lathe, drill press, band saw, chop saw, hand tools, portable power tools, soldering stations, and accessories.
This reconfigurable space facilitates student teams working on engineering design projects as a part of various courses. It is the place where students assemble, test, and redesign their prototypes. Numerous workbenches are available, along with an electronics testing station. The lab houses a three-dimensional (3D) printer which builds accurate models layer by layer using durable ABS plastic, creating 3D parts directly from solid-modeling software.
This lab is used by electrical engineering courses including: Digital Logic Design, Electrical Circuit Analysis, Electronic Devices and Circuits, and Application of Electronic Devices. Students construct a wide variety of circuits on breadboards and have all of the necessary instruments to test their designs. The lab also serves other engineering courses that require a circuit to be built as part of an assignment or group project, starting in the freshman year. The lab provides 10 complete electronics stations, featuring 200 MHz Tektronix digital oscilloscopes and PC-based data acquisition systems, along with the digital multimeters, function generators, frequency counters, FPGA boards, and power supplies.
This laboratory hosts equipment for three core Civil Engineering courses: Water Resources Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, and Engineering Surveying. For Water Resources Engineering, the primary elements are the 5 meter flume, the pipe network, and the gravimetric flow tank. For Geotechnical Engineering, the primary elements are the soil classification devices (sieves, Atterberg limits tests, etc.), standard Proctor hammers, the direct shear apparatus, the unconfined compression apparatus, and the consolidation apparatus. Most surveying, of course, occurs outdoors. This lab stores the total stations, automatic levels, and ancillary items.
The primary use of this lab is for the Microwave Engineering senior course. The lab contains an RF network analyzer, spectrum analyzer, and high frequency signal generators used in performing experiments and building microwave circuit boards. It is also used in support of class demonstrations or testing design projects for other courses, such as Electromagnetic Fields and Waves and Applications of Electronic Devices. The space serves faculty and undergraduate research in microwave and radio frequency antennas and electronics.
The energy systems laboratory is a space dedicated to the experimental measurement and observation of thermal fluid phenomenon and energy system performance. Students have the opportunity to investigate the fundamentals of conduction, convection and thermal radiation heat transfer via a variety of experimental stations. In this lab, students work in teams to investigate energy system performance as well as the behavior of basic fluid networks as governed by the centrifugal pump. The primary equipment includes a 14-foot, 90 mph wind tunnel, R123a refrigeration cycle apparatus, centrifugal pump apparatus, and hydrogen fuel cell trainer.
This laboratory serves as the primary space for investigating the mechanical behavior of engineering materials. This lab provides the space and equipment necessary for performing weekly laboratory exercises in Principles of Material Science and Mechanical Engineering Design courses. This lab is also used for class demonstrations and design projects for other courses, as well as undergraduate and faculty research. The primary equipment includes a servo-hydraulic axial fatigue testing apparatus, digital micro-hardness tester, Rockwell hardness tester, metallograph equipment, and a heat treating furnace.
The heat transfer lab provides space for experimental investigations and team projects in thermal energy transport. Students have the opportunity to investigate the fundamentals of conduction, convection, and thermal radiation heat transfer via a variety of experimental stations. A combustion hood and diesel engine dynamometer provide students with opportunities to explore various applications of heat transfer in reacting flow systems. The lab includes conduction, correction, and thermal radiation apparatus; PC-based USB data acquisition systems; water-cooled electromagnet; combustion hood; and Yanmar diesel engine dynamometer.
This lab provides the space and equipment necessary for performing the weekly experiments in Microprocessors. In this lab, students have access to microprocessor boards, each with its own controlling PC, plus a 34-channel digital logic analyzer. This lab also houses the circuit board milling machine, used for creating prototypes.
We have a dedicated space for the senior design teams to work on their projects, store the materials and specialized equipment, and hold their planning sessions.