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Research Laboratories

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. This laboratory was renovated and re-equipped in 2006. Visit the: Grainger Electric Motor Drives Laboratory or Grainger Power Electronics Laboratory

James C. Klouda Family Laboratory
The James C. Klouda Family Laboratory is an undergraduate and graduate research laboratory which 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. This laboratory was renovated and re-equipped in 2007.

Joan and Roy Gignac Laboratory
This Digital Signal Processing (DSP) Laboratory houses hands-on experiments and projects which 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. This laboratory was renovated and re-equipped in 2007.

Kaplan Foundation Computer Engineering Laboratories
The Kaplan Foundation Computer Engineering Laboratories is a suite of four separate labs. The labs feature equipment and courses in VLSI, chip design, computer architecture, networks, and digital signal processing topics. This suite was renovated in 2006.

Networks Laboratory
The Networks Laboratory houses courses in Internet-based wired network operations. One of the featured courses taught in this lab is the Computer Networking Lab (ECE 407), in which students obtain an in-depth understanding of network protocols in a real network setting. This laboratory was renovated and re-equipped in 2007.

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-year and second-year ECE courses in which students learn the fundamentals of electrical and computer engineering through collaborative projects and classroom competitions. This laboratory was renovated and re-equipped in 2007.