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Learning Laboratories

There are multiple locations available for student computer use in the Emerson Electric Company Hall.   All computer learning centers (CLC) in the building are open late into the night in order to be most accessible for students. All the labs have an adequate number of computers with a variety of engineering and productivity applications as well as two laser printers.

AmerenUE Power Electronics Laboratory - This laboratory contains reconfigurable test beds that can be used for teaching and research projects. Each test bed consists of high-current semiconductors with control circuitry, a logic interface, current sensors, and a digital signal processor 9DSP, that allows a variety of power electronic architectures to be constructed.

Applied Microwave Nondestructive Testing Laboratory - Major activities in this laboratory include both basic R&D and applied research in the use of microwave signals to evaluate materials such as the dectection of internal flaws and defects in composite materials and the monitoring of cement as it cures.

Applied Optics Laboratory - This laboratory is involved with the application of laser and fiber optics technologies to materials problems. The facility includes a variety of lasers, which range from a high power solid state laser to laser diodes, and photonics devices and associated instrumentation.

Electromagnetics Compatibility (EMC) Laboratory - One of the largest, most well-equipped university EMC laboratories in the world, it is used to study various problems associated with electromagnetic interference. The design of components and systems that are immune to interference has contributed to the design of safer, more reliable, and less expensive automobiles, trucks, aircraft, computer workstations, and industrial controls.

Emerson Electric Company Machines and Drives Laboratory - This laboratory sets Missouri S&T apart from many universities and supports undergraduate power engineering and research in electric machines and the systems that control them. The laboratory consists of seven identical independent stations, each with a 20-hp dynamometer, torque table, various sensors, a data acquisition system, synchronous and variable frequency drive systems, and a tie line to the other stations.

Factory Automation Laboratory - This laboratory is unique among universities and supports teaching and research in the area of manufacturing control. It contains over thirty programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and a distributed control system (DCS) from various vendors, multiple communication networks and various scaled processes such as assembly, packaging, automated storage/retrieval, pick-and-place, and pH control.

Flexible AC Transmission Systems (FACTS) Laboratory - This laboratory is dedicated to research in power electronics applied to bulk power systems. The experimental FACTS devices are fully programmable for rapid control implementation and are capable of interfacing with a battery set that consists of 34 VLRA super-gel batteries in two strings supplying 204 V dc.

Image Processing Laboratory - While this laboratory provides capabilities for addressing a wide variety of signal and image processing problems, the recent focus of this laboratory has been the diagnosis of skin cancer using skin tumor images.

Microcontroller Laboratory - Various undergraduate courses and projects are supported by this laboratory. It provides students with up-to-date equipment for microcontroller- and microprocessor-based system prototyping including logic and timing analysis, programmers, and logic development aids.

Computer Learning Centers (CLC) - ECE has three CLCs connected to the campus network that are available to both undergraduate and graduate students for class work and research. Two of the CLCs have over 50 Windows-based PC's which are connected to servers and the campus backbone network. A third CLC provides 20 Sun Unix-based workstations that support a number of Electronic Design Automation tools including Mentor Graphics. This lab supports projects in the VLSI design, rapid prototyping, and High Performance Computing and Communication areas.

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