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Our spaces underwent major re-modeling in 2016 and 2017 and provide a unique work environment for student innovation, invention, and entrepreneurial thinking.
Academic Labs

3-D Visualization Lab
Laboratory space equipped with high power computers for generating three-dimensional digital models, also capable of performing finite element analysis, flow simulations, and other computer-based analysis. Additionally, this lab is equipped with numerous 3-D printers that can produce physical objects directly from digital models. 3-D printers include:

  • Stratasys Elite
  • Objet 30 Pro
  • MakerBot Replicator 2
  • Z-Print 450
  • UP! 3D


Advanced Thermal Fluids Lab
NSF-funded, collaborative laboratory facility to support faculty research, advanced fluids courses, and capstone projects into aerodynamics, biological flows, cardiovascular fluid mechanics, etc. The facility houses four major pieces of equipment:

  • Stereo particle image velocimetry system for three-dimensional flow characterization with a high spatial and temporal resolution
  • Flow visualization water tunnel with a circulating pump and variable speed drive assembly
  • Open-circuit subsonic wind tunnel
  • Versatile heart simulator system for cardiovascular applications


Circuits Lab
Classroom/Laboratory where electronic circuits instruction and experiments take place and Mechanics & Materials combined courses are taught. Staffed by trained student assistants during evening hours to allow work on experiments when faculty instructors are not present. Equipment includes:

  • National Instruments hardware for data acquisition
  • Laboratory power supplies, function generators, and oscilloscopes
  • Fume hoods
  • Strain gauge readers
  • Thermocouple welders
  • Fixtures for strain measurements
  • Assorted mechanical hardware and electrical components to support student prototyping
  • Soldering stations equipped with fume extractors and using lead-free solder
  • LPFK circuit board prototyping machine


Engineering Science Lab
Laboratory space to support engineering mechanics sequence (Statics, Dynamics, Engineering Materials, and Fluids/Thermal Fluids). Equipment available includes:

  • National Instruments hardware for data acquisition
  • Laboratory power supplies, function generators, and oscilloscopes
  • Load frames for static analysis
  • Fume hoods
  • Strain gauge readers
  • Assorted mechanical hardware and electrical components to support student prototyping
  • Hydraulic benches and pumps
  • Flowmeters, pressure gauges, and transducers
  • Two Instron tensile testing machines
  • Two Rockwell hardness testers
  • TestResourses fatigue testing machine
  • Tormach CNC 4 axis vertical machining center
  • Festo process control rig
Research Labs

Center for Materials Science
The Center for Materials Science is a university-wide collaborative unit that seeks to integrate undergraduate education with basic and applied research in materials science. A degree minor in materials science is available alongside research opportunities. For more information about the Center for Materials Science, please contact professor Samuel Morton.


Infrastructure Innovation Lab
The Infrastructure Innovation Lab supports research activities that explore novel materials, technologies, and processes that improve the sustainability and resiliency of the built environment and the natural ecology. Key research equipment includes:

  • Equipment for mechanical testing of construction materials including 250-kip strength testing machine, flexural strength machine, comparometer, ultrasonic pulse velocity, and other NDT equipment
  • Equipment for testing of Portland cement-based materials including slump cone and miscellaneous tools, concrete rheometer, calorimeter, surface sensors, and other probes
For more information about opportunities in this broad area of research, please contact professors Daniel Castaneda, Heather Kirkvold, Bayo Ogundipe, or Brad Striebig.


Product Innovation Lab
The Product Innovation Lab houses specialized equipment associated with the development of electro-mechanical systems. These include:

  • Tools and supplies for constructing wire harnesses, 
  • Electronic load banks for battery testing, and 
  • High voltage safety gear.  

Recently active projects include an electric motorcycle and a magnetic bearing system. For more information about opportunities in this broad area of research, please contact

Recently active projects include an electric motorcycle and a magnetic bearing system. For more information about opportunities in this broad area of research, please contact professors Keith Holland, Jacquelyn Nagel, or Robert Prins.

All engineering faculty conduct research, so you are welcome to reach out to any of them to inquire about future opportunities.

Work Spaces

Fabrication Lab
The Fabrication Lab is a shop for all Engineering students to work on their individual and group assignments.  The lab is staffed by trained student assistants in the evening throughout the year to ensure safety and help less experienced students use tools safely. Machine and hand tools include:

  • Industrial grade horizontal band saw, floor-mounted drill presses, floor-mounted belt/disc sanders, and power miter saw
  • Hand drills, jigsaws, Sawsalls, miter saws, combination squares, levels, protractors, wrenches, screwdrivers, tap and die sets, clamps, calipers, and more.


Machine Shop
Fully equipped machine shop with full-time staff machinist and trained student assistants on duty to assist with the safe operation of industrial-grade tools.  All engineering students use the machine shop to complete at least two assignments, and advanced training is available for students who desire it. Equipment includes:

  • Five full-size knee mills
  • Four industrial grade lathes
  • Floor mounted drill presses
  • Vertical band saws
  • Horizontal band saws
  • Measurement and inspection equipment
  • Box and Pan break, sheet metal shear, and slip rolls
Studios

First-Year Design Studio
A flexible project space for first-year projects, strategically located adjacent to engineering faculty offices to support casual faculty-student interactions as early as the first year.

Sophomore Design Studio
A large, flexible project space for the construction of assignments in ENGR 231/232. Storage cabinets assigned to design teams are equipped with tools for projects. The studio includes:

  • Metal topped work tables with vices
  • Wrenches, screwdrivers, clamps, and measuring equipment
  • Drills, jigsaws, Sawsalls,
  • Floor mounted drill presses
  • Horizontal band saw
  • Park bicycle tool kits

Junior/Senior Design Studio
The Design Studio is a full classroom equipped for low-risk experiments and housing cabinets for Capstone teams.

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