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Air Resources Laboratory (CAEE)
The Air Resources Laboratory is a graduate research laboratory, which houses a respirator setup conducting soil carbon sequestration experiment. Students generally work in laboratory settings or production facilities, although they may leave these settings to take samples as required. Working in a lab environment, they may be consistently in contact with various chemicals. This laboratory was renovated and re-equipped in 2007.

Bioengineering Lab (ChBE)
Our laboratory uses the tools of engineering, biology and chemistry to determine solutions to the intractable challenges faced chronic wounds. One fundamental challenge in chronic wounds is excessive degradation of fibronectin, an important scaffolding protein. We are engineering strategies to stabilize fibronectin against degradation. We are also developing biological mimics of natural scaffolds based on functional units in fibronectin. In addition to formulating these biomimics, we are creating strategies to optimize function and activity of these biological substitutes.

Biofluids Laboratory (BME)
Located in WH-319, the lab is used for BME320. The biofluids laboratory is used for demonstrating basic properties of fluids in motion, applications in biofluids and biomedical devices; rheology of biological fluids.

Biomaterials Lab (ChBE)
The biomaterials laboratory provides training in research areas such as biomaterials, biosensors and nanotechnology for undergraduate and graduate students. Past projects have included multianalyte biosensors made with an array of detectors, drug delivery systems based on hydrogels, synthesis of degradable crosslinkers used in hydrogels, and the use of metallic nanoparticles in sensing and detection.
The laboratory is equipped with analytical instruments such as Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometer, Optical Absorption and Fluorescence Spectrometer.

Biomedical Fluids Mechanics Laboratory (BME)
Located in WH-320, this lab is used for BME320, the second core laboratory course in BME. The goal of this course is to teach students the fundamentals of fluid mechanics and their application to biological fluids and biomedical devices. This undergraduate teaching laboratory contains ten workstations with state of the art manual and computerized equipment. Each individual station is equipped with a Brookfield cone and plate viscometer with computerized data acquisition capability, low and high volumetric flow rate pumps with computerized controllers, semi-automatic tension meters, micro contact angle meters, conductivity probes, Cannon-Fenske viscometers, various pressure gauges, among other smaller items.

Built Environment Research Laboratory (CAEE)
The Built Environment Research Laboratory (BERL) is divided evenly into communal student office space and a laboratory area. The student office area has desktop and laptop computers, a projector with large screen, and wireless and wired Internet access. The laboratory area comprises a 600 ft2 shared space that is primarily used for staging field campaigns, instrument setup and repair, meetings, computer simulations, small scale chamber testing, and thermal performance measurements using a small scale hot box test facility. This laboratory was renovated and re-equipped in 2013.

Burton and Erma Lewis Construction Engineering and Management Laboratory (CAEE)
The Burton and Erma Lewis Construction Engineering and Management Laboratory was inaugurated on May 5, 2000. The creation and maintenance of the Lewis Lab were made possible through a generous gift by Burton A. Lewis (CE ’48) that was matched by the Krehbiel Challenge and later by the Pritzker/Galvin Challenge. The Lewis Lab features three interconnected rooms that feature study spaces for researchers in construction engineering and management, including post-doctoral visiting researchers from various countries, and graduate research students. The laboratory also contains meeting facilities, the GIS lab and work space for research and teaching assistants.

Concrete Structures Laboratory (CAEE)
The Concrete Structures Laboratory houses courses in the Design of Reinforced and Prestressed Concrete Structures. One of the featured courses taught in this lab is the first course in the Design of Reinforced Concrete Structures in which the students design, construct and test to destruction a full-size reinforced concrete beam. The lab’s state-state-of-the-art equipment includes a computer-controlled 400,000 lbs. capacity compression testing machine and a 36 ft by 20 ft steel girder reaction frame for investigating the strength of reinforced or prestressed concrete beams and columns. Also included in the lab is chemical glassware and small size equipment used to investigate cements and mortars. Research projects executed in this lab include a large-scale study of the creep-deflection of reinforced concrete beams.

Design Laboratory (BME)
The design laboratory is located in WH-311, is used for BME419/420. The laboratory is used for the design and development of biomedical engineering systems and implantable devices that use either synthetic materials or hybrid (biological-synthetic) systems and analysis and design of replacements for the heart, kidneys, and lungs.

Dynamic Testing Lab (MMAE)
The Dynamic Testing Lab (DTL) has been recently established with high-speed diagnostic and data acquisition systems for high-strain-rate constitutive testing and impact failure characterization of materials. The new DTL complements existing servo-hydraulic, drop tower and high temperature testing facilities in the MMAE department's solid mechanics labs and provide the capability to investigate mechanical response of solids in a wide range of strain rates (from 10-4 to 104 s-1) and temperatures (up to 1200 oF), and under both uniaxial and multiaxial loading conditions.
Visit the: Dynamic Testing Lab

Engineering Graphics and Computer Lab (CAEE)
The Engineering Graphics and Computer Lab is used to teach the full range of Engineering Graphics, from Technical Drawing through Advanced 3D Digital Modeling. Standards, Techniques, and Sketching are emphasized at all levels, with all the Autodesk Tools available in their latest versions. This laboratory was upgraded in 2013 with 3D capable multiple monitor engineering grade workstations.

GIS Workstation Laboratory (CAEE)
The GIS Workstation Laboratory is a completely up-to-date and accessible workstation that has access to all the latest Geographic Information Systems software and supporting tools, as well as several legacy applications. It is used for research, course development, and student projects of a continuing nature. This laboratory was last upgraded in 2014 with new PC box and ESRI 10.2.2 ArcGIS.

Grainger Foundation Laboratories (ECE)
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.
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Grainger Electric Motor Drives Laboratory
Grainger Power Electronics Laboratory

Instrumentation and Measurements Laboratory (BME)
Located in WH-319, this lab is used for BME315, the first of four core undergraduate biomedical engineering laboratory courses. A Laboratory used for demonstrating stress instrumentation usage and data analysis used to determine physiological functions and variables and the relations to the physiological variability.

Interfacial Phenomenon Lab (ChBE)
This laboratory is equipped with the tools to measure surface and interfacial tensions between fluid-fluid systems, contact angle on a solid substance, nanoparticles size and size distribution, and wetting and spreading properties of liquid suspensions of nanoparticles with applications to soil cleaning and enhanced oil recovery systems. Dr. Alex Nikolov and Dr. Darsh Wasan are the supervisors of this lab.

James C. Klouda Family Laboratory (ECE)
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 (ECE)
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 (ECE)
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.

Light Scattering Laboratory (ChBE)
Custom Forced Rayleigh Scattering (FRS) setup for the study of energy and mass transport in complex fluids that include synthetic and biological polymers and gels in both static and dynamic states. Laboratory also has setups for the measurement of flow-induced birefringence and infrared thermography. Contact: D.C. Venerus, venerus@iit.edu

Machine Shop (MMAE)
Illinois Institute of Technology’s Machine Shop is a nationally known prototyping and machining provider for small-quantity custom projects. We specialize in model building, wind tunnel modeling, one-of-a-kind prototypes, and custom projects.
Visit the: Machine Shop

Materials of Construction Laboratory (CAEE)
The Materials of Construction Laboratory houses courses in this subject: the first of which introduces students to the investigation of the mechanical properties of steel and timber by means of hands-on tests on real samples of these materials. The lab houses the following state-of-the-art equipment: three computer-controlled universal testing machines of 60,000 lbs, 400,000 lbs and 800,000 lbs capacity respectively, a Charpy Impact Tester, a Brinell Hardness Tester, two R.R. Moore Fatigue Testing Machines and two Axial Fatigue Testing Machines of 25,000 lbs. and 50,000 lbs. capacity respectively. Research projects executed in this lab include an ongoing study of the origin and inception of fatigue damage in steel.

Models Laboratory (CAEE)
The Models laboratory houses courses devoted to the experimental study of building and bridge structures, the first of which introduces students to the statistical treatment of experimental data, similitude and the theory of models and the design, construction and testing of realistic models of building or bridge structures. State-0f-the-art equipment in this lab includes three professional grade polariscopes, a Moire apparatus, a steel framed prototyping bench as well as computer-aided electric resistance strain gage recorders. A study of the stresses induced in steel rails to evaluate various strategies for in-place rail regrinding used to improve rail longevity—a significant and economically important concern of the American rail transportation industry was recently carried out in this laboratory.

Navigation and Guidance Lab (MMAE)
The MMAE Navigation and Guidance Lab (NGL) was established in 1999 by MMAE Professor Boris Pervan as a center for research, development and testing of advanced navigation, guidance, and control systems. Major areas of current research activity in this lab focus on satellite-based navigation systems, including the Global Positioning System (GPS) and Differential GPS (DGPS), high-integrity navigation algorithms, fault detection and isolation, and distributed navigation systems. NGL research programs have been sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, the Boeing Co., and IIT Research Institute.
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Networks Laboratory (ECE)
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.

Physiology Laboratory (BME)
Located in WH-313, the lab is used for BME405. The laboratory is used for demonstrating basic concepts of bioengineering design through experimental procedures involving humans and experimental animals. Experiments include nerve action, electrocardiography, mechanics of muscle, membranes, and noninvasive diagnostics in humans.

Process Design and Gas Processing Laboratory (ChBE)
The research activities in this lab is directed toward environmental reaction engineering, gas/solid reaction, gas separation and cleanup processes, process design and development, as well as software development for process design/engineering. During the past 15 years, the research conducted in this lab focused on process analysis and development of regenerable sorbents/catalysts for removal of various pollutants, including H2S, COS, SOX, NOX, HCl, NH3, as well as other trace contaminants from gas streams.
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Process Modeling, Monitoring and Control Lab (ChBE)
Research laboratory focusing on modeling, simulation and control of biomedical systems, complex adaptive agent-based systems, and supervision of process operations. The lab is also affiliated with the Engineering Center for Diabetes Research and Education.
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Rheology Lab (ChBE)
This lab houses a suite of rheometers for the study of complex fluids that include synthetic and biological polymers and gels in both shear and elongational deformations. Several rheometers have been modified for conducting novel rheological experiments. Laboratory also houses mini-compounder, compression molds and vacuum ovens for sample preparation. Contact: D.C. Venerus, venerus@iit.edu

Robotics Lab (MMAE)
Robots have recently graduated from structured laboratories to outdoor environments with varying and unstructured terrain. In order to be highly mobile and effective in these settings, robotics research will need to shift its focus to 1) understanding the underlying physics of robot/terrain interaction and 2) creating design methodologies for mechanically robust robots capable of multiple modes of locomotion such as running, leaping, and climbing.
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Suite for Testing Urban Dwellings for their Indoor and Outdoor Environments (CAEE)
The Suite for Testing Urban Dwellings for their Indoor and Outdoor Environments (StudioE) comprises two unoccupied, adjacent 800 ft2 apartment units in graduate student housing in Carman Hall at IIT. One unit is outfitted with a complete central air handling unit and ductwork distribution system representative of typical homes in the United States. StudioE is used for research on the transport of outdoor pollutants indoors, filtration and air cleaning of indoor pollutants, energy simulation, measurement, and verification, energy and air quality test method development, and teaching building science measurements and instrumentation.
This laboratory was acquired and equipped in 2013.
Visit: StudioE

Surveying Equipment Workshop (CAEE)
The Surveying Equipment Workshop incorporates all the modern tools required to perform fieldwork in the Geodetic Sciences. Included are modern Total Stations by Leica and Nikon, as well as Automatic Levels, their supporting equipment (tripods, prisms, measuring rods, tapes, and poles), handheld GPS units and a GPS Rover. This laboratory was updated in 2014 with new Nikon Total Stations.

Sustainable Materials Laboratory (CAEE)
The Sustainable Materials Laboratory (SML) supports hands-on research for both undergraduate and graduate students. SML houses the latest surface analysis tools for corrosion studies and coating development. Students in this lab investigate fundamental corrosion mechanisms, build smart coatings, and perform computer-based atomistic modeling. Sample research projects include the development of an intelligent coating system for structural steels and the atomistic modeling of asphalt oxidative aging. This laboratory was renovated and re-equipped in 2014.

Transportation Engineering Laboratory (CAEE)
The Transportation Engineering (TE) Laboratory occupies 600 ft2 floor space that maintains excellent computing capabilities with multiple personal computers and a variety of software for geometric design (AutoCAD, AutoCivil, MathCAD, 3DMAX), data management and geospatial analysis (MS Access, SQL, ArcGIS 9), traffic impacts studies (HCS, Synchro9.0, CORSIM), high fidelity large-scale simulation (VISSIM, TRANSIMS), statistical and econometric analysis (SPSS, NLOGIT4.0, GWR4.0), risk and uncertainty modeling (@Risk), large-scale optimization (XPRESS Solver, GAMS), and more that offers comprehensive/big data processing, management and analysis, and computation capabilities for a wide range of research in multimodal transportation infrastructure, dynamic traffic networks, safety and security, and intelligent transportation systems (ITS) applications in support of sustainable transportation development and smart city initiatives. The TE Lab engages graduate and undergraduate students currently attending IIT in research, and also offers opportunities to high school students with women and multicultural backgrounds for summer internship participation.

Walter L. and Virginia B. Cherry Electronics Laboratory (ECE)
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.

Water and Wastewater Engineering Laboratory (CAEE)
The Water and Wastewater Engineering Laboratory is a research facility in which undergraduate and graduate students conduct research on several aspects of water pollution control, water quality, and water treatment. The current focus areas in the lab include refinery wastewater treatment, enhanced biological phosphorus removal, urban beach pollution control, bacterial hemoglobin technology, and foaming in anaerobic systems. The laboratory has extensive facilities to conduct physical, chemical, and biological analysis of water, wastewater, soil, and sludge constituents. The laboratory also supports field scale research being conducted on stormwater and wastewater treatment. The lab contains numerous chemicals, biological specimens, and equipment needed for research, which may be hazardous if contacted without protective gear. This lab is not suitable for visitors. This laboratory was renovated and re-equipped in 1995.