Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Undergraduate Teaching and Research Laboratories

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Adrian and Lorna Nemcek Laboratory

The Adrian and Lorna Nemcek Laboratory supports the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering’s Major Design Experience Capstone Course, which is taken by all undergraduate seniors in electrical engineering, computer engineering, and computer and cybersecurity engineering. It is also available for students engaged in independent research projects. With a generous gift from Adrian and Lorna Nemcek, this facility is furnished with state-of-the-art design and test equipment, enabling ECE students to carry out major design projects targeting real-world engineering problems with many application domains.

Grainger Foundation Laboratories

The Grainger Foundation Laboratories house the ECE department's power engineering courses. This hands-on facility contains customizable, state-of-the-art teaching equipment provided by generous support from the Grainger Foundation. Sample research projects include hybrid technology applied to public transit, formula one racing, and military vehicles. Other major topics include energy scavenging, power electronics applications, large-scale power systems, and alternative energy resources.

James C. Klouda Family Laboratory

The James C. Klouda Family Laboratory is an undergraduate and graduate research laboratory that houses the latest technological advancements in computer architecture. Students in this lab build computer hardware, construct logic systems, and study computer design. Sample research projects include system-on-a-chip technology, hardware and software co-design, and application-specific circuits for signal processing and communications.

Joan and Roy Gignac Laboratory

This digital signal processing (DSP) laboratory houses hands-on experiments and projects that enhance the learning experience and validate the fundamental concepts in DSP theory. These experiments and projects expose students to practical issues in bringing a signal processing algorithm to life. The lab is equipped with several high-level DSP tools used in the development of real-time DSP applications. Sample research projects include acoustic direction tracking; voice scrambling/descrambling; voice-activated security locks; acoustic distance measurement (sonar); digital DTMF tone generation; MIDI music synthesizer; and simulated stereo extension.

Kaplan Foundation Computer Engineering Laboratories

The Kaplan Foundation Computer Engineering Laboratories are a suite of four separate labs. The labs feature equipment and courses in VLSI, chip design, computer architecture, networks, and digital signal processing topics.

Walter L. and Virginia B. Cherry Electronics Laboratory

The Walter L. and Virginia B. Cherry Electronics Laboratory is a hands-on undergraduate teaching laboratory. It houses many first- and second-year ECE courses in which students learn the fundamentals of electrical and computer engineering through collaborative projects and classroom competitions.