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Students working in a laboratory. Photo by Jerry Garns.

Discipline-focused laboratories form the core of the College of Engineering's design and project-centered curriculum. Ranging from the Aircraft Design Lab to the Solar Turbines and Bently Nevada Vibrations and Rotor Dynamics Laboratory, these facilities-more than 80 in all-offer advanced technological systems that allow students to link theory with application and practice.

To learn more about discipline-focused labs, visit the college's departmental websites:

In addition, CENG has dedicated facilities that promote interdisciplinary project activities and enhance opportunities for industry-university collaboration. These include the Advanced Technology LaboratoriesBonderson Projects Center, the R&D Hangar, and three college-wide laboratories housed in Engineering IV.

The Six Advanced Technology Laboratories

Encompassing six interdisciplinary, industry sponsored labs and a classroom that provides database and worldwide communications, the ATL offers the tools of modern research: access to state of the art technology and equipment, access to the growing database of scholarship, and the ability to work collaboratively across disciplines and around the globe.

NSF Advanced Transportation Laboratory - ATL

CENG researchers are advancing computer-aided highway design and traffic control. Students using the facility learn about traffic video image processing, incident detection, global positioning, and roadway-to-vehicle communication.

Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems Laboratory - ATL

This lab bolsters applied research in aircraft control systems, handling qualities, flight simulation, computational fluid dynamics, applied aerodynamics, finite element analysis, composite materials, and aircraft design. Communication links connect with the NASA Ames Research Center.

Parsons Earthquake and Geotechnical Engineering Laboratory - ATL

The Parsons lab enables students and faculty to accomplish large-scale testing of structural systems, study soil-structure interactions, assess earthquake effects on environmentally sensitive structures, and analyze soil liquefaction.

St. Jude Bio-Engineering Laboratory - ATL

This facility focuses on design, development, construction, and testing of instruments for clinical and commercial application. Key areas include bioinstrumentation, medical devices, biomaterials, biomechanics, bio-remediation, prosthetic robotics and microbial interaction with materials.

Litton Mechatronics Laboratory - ATL

Many products today have mechanical and electronic components that operate with the aid of control software. Mechatronics is a multidisciplined approach to the design of these products and manufacturing systems. This lab addresses the design, development, construction, and test of systems for direct commercial application.

W.M. Keck Engineering Education Research & Development Center - ATL

This high-tech environment is devoted to exploring the appropriate use of technology to improve the education of engineers.

Bonderson Projects Center

With 19,000 square feet of space for individual and team-based projects, this facility offers enriched opportunities for multidisciplinary project-based learning. In addition, the Center also promotes collaboration with industry by providing space and high tech equipment for faculty and industry-sponsored projects. The Bonderson Center includes an outdoor work area, group work rooms, a Project Integration Lab, Chemistry Lab, computer labs, Electronics Repair and Woodworking Shops, a Metal Fabrication and Machine Shop, and other specialized facilities.

R&D Hangar

Suited to provide extensive "learn by doing" experience, the Student Projects Shop in the R&D Hangar offers a complete array of manufacturing equipment. From basic hand and power tools to state-of-the-art computer controlled machines, students are exposed to the myriad of processes and technologies that comprise today's' manufacturing and fabricating environment.

In addition, the R&D Hangar includes a variety of facilities dedicated to faculty and student applied research projects in the areas of radio frequency, microwave, and antenna systems; electronic emissions performance; radio frequency identification; swimming pool etching deterioration; intelligent transportation and traffic management; and hybrid vehicles.

Engineering IV

Open in 2007, Engineering IV concentrates much of the university's engineering programs in one area. The $28 million, 104,000-square-foot facility includes modern classroom space for the aerospace, mechanical, civil, environmental, industrial and manufacturing engineering programs. High-tech equipment includes lasers for mapping, visualization, and velocity measurement in the wind and water tunnel labs; scanning electron and optical microscopes; and helicopter controls and gyroscope controls test systems. College-wide facilities (currently under construction) include a multidisciplinary clean lab, "dirty" lab, and multipurpose project lab.


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