Engineering Labs, Studios and Facilities

Our Department is located in the $22M Masters Center for Science, Mathematics, & Engineering, which houses many classrooms, and a collection of state-of-the-art laboratories, studios, and research spaces. There are also areas for students to gather and study. All of our facilities are available to engineering students 24 hours a day with cardkey access.

Student Hideaway

Located on the first floor of Esbenshade Hall, this room accommodates club meetings, activities, and most importantly allows a place for interacting with faculty and classmates, and studying. The Hideaway houses engineering and physics journals and books, a refrigerator, sink, and a water dispenser for cocoa, coffee, and tea.

Bollman Engineering Design Studio ("Design Lab")

 
  • Location: Esbenshade 163
  • Directors: Kurt DeGoede, Sara Atwood, Brenda Read-Daily
  • Square Feet: 1044 ft2
  • Courses Served: EGR100 Introduction to Engineering I; EGR110 Introduction to Engineering II; EGR291 Sophomore Project; EGR391 Engineering Design and Junior Project; EGR280 Engineering Research / Project; EGR 491 & EGR492 Engineering Senior Project.
  • Function: The Design Studio is the location for designing and prototyping student projects. Teamwork, creativity, and collaboration are strongly encouraged in this space, surrounded by large whiteboards, and features six work stations with monitors at each station that show the professor’s display or work from any of the five students’ computers to facilitate the sharing of ideas, conceptual brainstorming, and advanced computer aided design work. The room is also associated with 50 department laptops with engineering software for student use and check-out.

Bollman Fabrication Laboratory ("Fabrication Lab")

 
  • Location: Esbenshade 174
  • Director: Mark Gatti
  • Courses Served: EGR110 L Introduction to Engineering II Lab; EGR280 Engineering Research / Project; EGR291 Sophomore Project; EGR391 Engineering Design and Junior Project; EGR 491 & EGR492 Engineering Senior Project.
  • Function: The $750,000 Bollman Fabrication Lab was completed in 2014 to expand our students’ capacity to prototype and fabricate parts for research and project work. It contains over $100,000 of equipment for metalworking, woodworking, and 3D printing. A full time Manager of Engineering Laboratories & Student Fabrication is available to teach students to safely use the equipment and aid in project prototyping.

Electronics Lab

  • Location: Esbenshade 182
  • Directors: Ilan Gravé, Tomas Estrada
  • Square Feet: 954 ft2 (+ 209 ft2 storage room)
  • Courses Served: EGR210 Circuits; EGR220 Electronics; EGR315 Communication Theory; PHY201L Physics II Laboratory; EGR410 Control Systems; non-major core course General Physics II Lab (PHY104L)
  • Function: The Electronics Lab serves all laboratories associated with electricity and magnetism and as a classroom for several courses. It is also used extensively by students outside of course time for computer and electronics project work.

Mechanics Lab

  • Location: Esbenshade 163
  • Directors: Kurt DeGoede, Brenda Read-Daily, Sara Atwood
  • Square Feet: 926 ft2 (+ 110 ft2 storage room)
  • Courses Served: Physics I Laboratory (PHY200L), Physics III Laboratory (PHY202L), Strength of Materials Laboratory (EGR262L), non-major core courses How Things Work Laboratory (PHY105L) and General Physics I Lab (PHY103L)
  • Function: The Mechanics Lab serves all laboratories associated with mechanics and mechanical engineering courses, as well as some general physics courses.

Design and Technology-Transfer Studio (including Robotics & Machine Intelligence)

 
  • Location: Esbenshade 273 and 273A
  • Directors: Joseph Wunderlich, Tomas Estrada
  • Square Feet: 905 ft2 (+ 135 ft2 in storage)
  • Courses Served: Green Robotics, Automation, and Machine Intelligence (EGR/CS 434), Microcomputer Architecture (EGR/CS 230), Computer Organization and Design (EGR/CS 332), Digital Circuits & Interfacing Lecture & Labs (EGR/CS 333), Advanced Computer Engineering Lecture & Labs (EGR/CS 433), Green Architectural Engineering (EGR 343), Architectural Design Studio I and II (EGR/ART 499 A & B), (& a non-major/minor course: FYS 100 Conceptual Architecture)
  • Function: Instruction and research on robotics and machine intelligence, and Architectural Design. A library is contained in the lab with over 1,000 books and peer-reviewed journals on Robotics, Machine Intelligence, Supercomputer Design, Embedded systems, Digital Design, Controls, Computer Architecture, Architectural Engineering, and Environmental Engineering
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Geoscience and Sustainable Engineering Lab

 
  • Location: Esbenshade 184
  • Director: Michael Scanlin
  • Square Feet: 936 ft2 (+ 195 ft2 in storage)
  • Courses Served: EGR275 Environmental Site Engineering and Design, EGR276 Sustainable Resource Engineering and Design,(& non-major courses: ES113 Earth in Space and ES114 Geosystems)
  • Function: Environmental Engineering and Geosciences laboratory instruction.

Biomechanics Research Lab

  • Location: Esbenshade 165
  • Director: Kurt DeGoede
  • Square Feet: 450 ft2
  • Courses Served:  Courses Served: EGR280 Engineering Research / Project; EGR291 Sophomore Project; EGR391 Engineering Design and Junior Project; EGR 491 & EGR492 Engineering Senior Project.
  • Function: Motion capture and force measurement for analysis of human movement.

Controls Research Lab

  • Location: Esbenshade 167
  • Director: Tomas Estrada
  • Square Feet: 397 ft2
  • Courses Served: EGR280 Engineering Research / Project; EGR291 Sophomore Project; EGR391 Engineering Design and Junior Project; EGR 491 & EGR492 Engineering Senior Project.
  • Function: A research laboratory supporting faculty and student research in electronics, controls, and communications.

Water Resources Research Lab

  • Location: Esbenshade 171
  • Director: Brenda Read-Daily
  • Square Feet: 400 ft2
  • Courses Served: EGR291 Sophomore Project; EGR391 Engineering Design and Junior Project; EGR 491 & EGR492 Engineering Senior Project; EGR280 Engineering Research / Project, EGR375 Special topics course in Intro to Environmental design
  • Function: A research laboratory supporting faculty research in environmental engineering, particularly concerning water quality.

Material Sensing Lab

  • Location: Esbenshade 173
  • Director: Nat Hager
  • Square Feet: 400 ft2
  • Courses Served: EGR280 Engineering Research / Project
  • Function: A research space to develop novel process-monitoring systems for industrial application based on high-speed TDR dielectric sensing technology.

Societal Impact Research Lab

  • Location: Esbenshade 161E
  • Director: Sara Atwood
  • Square Feet: 261 ft2
  • Courses Served: EGR280 Engineering Research / Project; EGR291 Sophomore Project; EGR391 Engineering Design and Junior Project; EGR 491 & EGR492 Engineering Senior Project.
  • Function: A research laboratory supporting faculty and student research on the development of biomedical design solutions, as well as other engineering solutions for societal impact.

Optics and Solar Research Lab

  • Location: Esbenshade 167
  • Director: Ilan Grave
  • Square Feet: 397 ft2
  • Courses Served: EGR351 Physics of Semiconductor Devices; EGR280 Engineering Research / Project; EGR291 Sophomore Project; EGR391 Engineering Design and Junior Project; EGR 491 & EGR492 Engineering Senior Project.
  • Function: The lab serves for research and instruction in electrical optics and includes an optics table. Also includes equipment and access to campus solar installations for student research and development.

Solar Cabin

  • Location: Near campus track
  • Director: Tomas Estrada
  • Square Feet: 200 ft2
  • Courses Served: EGR280 Engineering Research / Project; EGR291 Sophomore Project; EGR391 Engineering Design and Junior Project; EGR 491 & EGR492 Engineering Senior Project.
  • Function: Serving the purposes of: 1) researching and testing alternative energy storage systems 2) serving as a student project platform and study cabin, and 3) acting as a prototype for standalone community-center buildings.