Engineering is all about problem-solving and teamwork. That’s why the Zachry Engineering Education Complex has incorporated 30,000 square feet of space for its engineering common labs, spread out across four floors. These spaces allow you to work alongside other undergraduate students from different majors, an experience that will translate seamlessly to your career after you graduate.
The common labs have a modern, open floor plan that is reflective of its communal nature. This kind of learning space is a paradigm shift from traditional departmental labs. By combining labs into common spaces, students and faculty now have a wider variety of equipment and technology at their disposal.
Here, you’ll walk away with a broader understanding of the significant role you play as an engineer, and that’s something that will ultimately set you apart as a graduate.
The labs all benefit from a modern infrastructure, including overhead service carriers (120V and 240V power, data, compressed air, water and specialty gases) distributed throughout the space. Movable workbenches and seating allow easy reconfiguration of the space. Augmenting such flexible infrastructure are specialty laboratory systems including RO-water, sinks, chemical vent hoods, an RF shielded room, a 45-foot tall high bay and a crane.
Equipment and Access
Equipment in the common labs is available to all engineering undergraduate students, including equipment associated with dedicated lab courses, as well as course projects and extracurricular projects. Students in dedicated lab courses are automatically registered to use the equipment. Other interested students must register through the SuSu and Mark A. Fischer ’72 Engineering Design Center. All use of equipment is controlled through Agilent iLab Scheduling. Depending on your course or project usage, this scheduling may be scheduled by an instructor, student or technician. Please check your course syllabus, contact your course instructor, or check the Fischer Engineering Design Center forms and reservations page to see which method of scheduling is appropriate for you.
To see which equipment is available through the various common lab cores, please check the iLab portal or click the lab links below.
- Electrical Measurements Laboratory
- Electrical Sciences Laboratory
- Emerson Advanced Automation Laboratory
- Dr. David Staack, Director of Undergraduate Laboratory Instruction
- Jim Wilson, Facility Manager for Common Labs
- Shei Sia Su, Technical Laboratory Coordinator
- Ramalakshmi Akella, Laboratory Technician
- Chris Jones, Laboratory Technician
- Matthew Charles, Laboratory Technician
- Jared Pocock, Laboratory Technician
- Elizabeth Henderson, Program Specialist I