The Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building: Laboratories
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The Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building is designed to foster cross-disciplinary research and learning, with state-of-the art labs shared by multiple departments and researchers. The building includes both research labs and instructional labs. Major emphases include: nanotechnology, information technology, bioengineering, microelectronics and MEMS, sensors and actuators, transportation systems and space research.
- The W. M. Keck Foundation Laboratory for Combinatorial Nanosynthesis and Multiscale Characterization
- Nanoscale Imaging, Spectroscopy and Properties Lab (NispLab)
- Functional Macromolecular Lab
- Space Hardware Assembly Lab
- Virtual Reality Lab
- Optical Communications and Sensors Lab
- The Comcast Multimedia Signal Processing Lab (including the Sony Multimedia Theater and Studio)
- Nano- and Micro- Fabrication Laboratory
- Modern Engineering Materials Instructional Lab
- Edwin W. Inglis '43 Thermal Fluids Instructional Lab
- Lecture Hall: Room 1110
- Computer Laboratories:
The BGE Learning Center in honor of George V. McGowan '51
The Black & Decker Learning Center
The Charles A. Irish '52 Computer Laboratory
- The Agere Systems Microelectronics Instructional Lab
The Center for Advanced Transportation Technology Laboratory (CATT Lab)
CATT Lab was created in order to respond to the significant changes brought about by the increasing use of advanced technologies in the transportation and homeland security field. A permanent staff of ITS professionals, affiliated faculty of the Department of Civil Engineering, and more than 50 undergraduate and graduate students support cutting edge research in the areas of ITS technology, systems and software design, serious games, data fusion, data visualization, incident management, and user interface design. The CATT Lab works directly with state and local governments, federal agencies, private industry, and the department of homeland security to develop leading edge transportation and software systems. This multi-disciplinary research facility includes students and full-time faculty from Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, and Computer Engineering along with Geography, Art, Telecommunications, Computer Science, and Digital Entertainment departments.
Nano- and Micro- Fabrication Laboratory (FabLab)
Microfabrication clean rooms, populated with state-of-the-art equipment, enable the development of new miniaturization technologies that include micro- and nanoelectronics, optoelectronics, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) and bio/chemical sensors and systems. This 10,000-square-foot clean room is comparable with those of the best university and government research laboratories, offering outstanding opportunities for both research and education. The Nano- and Micro- Fabrication Laboratory will support research in three broad areas:
Silicon-based microelectronics and manufacturing of ultra-large-scale integrated circuits.
Research in optoelectronics, bringing together the areas of compound semiconductor materials and optics to drive advances in lasers, detectors, optical communications and integrated optoelectronic systems.
Research in microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), which forms the basis for revolutionary new approaches to integrated systems for sensing, signal processing and actuation, with broad applications from RF communications to biomedical engineering.
The integration of these three areas will foster new levels of cross-disciplinary creativity in small smart systems, biomolecular components and systems and other topics.
Functional Macromolecular Materials Laboratory
This is a state-of-the-art characterization and research facility aimed at understanding the structure of materials. Researchers investigating organic and inorganic materials will have at their fingertips resources that reveal unique properties of materials with resolution previously unattainable. Within this lab, it will be possible to reveal even the nanostructure of organic and inorganic materials using ultra-high resolution electron microscopes. New types of imaging techniques will be available through probes using x-rays, monochromatic photons, magnetic fields and piezoelectric forces. These probes provide researchers with unique analytical techniques to determine structure-property relationships and develop a new generation of materials with both electronic and mechanical functionality.
Nanoscale Imaging, Spectroscopy, and Properties Laboratory (NispLab)
This laboratory focuses on nanoscale characterization of materials and structures generated in Maryland NanoCenter research laboratories or in the FabLab complex. It features high resolution transmission electron microscopy, secondary electron microscopy, scanning Auger microscopy, and scanning probe techniques for atomic- and nano-scale characterization. It is located in a section of the Kim Building designed for low vibration so that best possible spatial resolution can be achieved from the instruments there. The NispLab is adjacent to and integrated with the W. M. Keck Foundation Laboratory for Combinatorial Nanosynthesis and Multiscale Characterization.
W. M. Keck Foundation Laboratory for Combinatorial Nanosynthesis and Multiscale Characterization
The Keck Laboratory is a centerpiece for pioneering research. It extends campus strengths in combinatorial materials science, scanning nanoprobes and highly controlled materials synthesis into the nanoscale domain, enabling fundamentally new insights into the behavior of materials at the nanoscale. The Keck Lab has unprecedented capabilities for the rapid exploration of advanced complex smart materials and memory devices, as well as systematic investigation of their physical mechanisms.
Optical Communications and Sensors Laboratory
This lab focuses on optical information technology and systems, with an emphasis on optoelectronic devices, nanostructured photonic materials, monolithic and hybrid integration technologies, modules, optoelectronic packaging and systems. Equipment includes a 12.5 Gb/s bit-error-rate tester, optical spectrum analyzers, ultra-short optical pulse generation, a streak camera, WDM lasers on an ITU grid, a Newport auto-align system, an HP communication analyzer, high-speed detectors, a lightwave signal analyzer and an optical wavelength meter.
Comcast Multimedia Signal Processing Laboratory, including The Sony Multimedia Theater and Studio
This state-of-the-art lab conducts research into human-machine interactions and interfaces; high-definition broadcast and entertainment systems; content-based multimedia data archiving and retrieval; and wireless multimedia communications. Equipment includes high-definition display systems; a sound room with high-quality, surround-sound systems; high-performance graphics workstations for image- and video-processing applications; high-quality video cameras; and multi-processor workstations.
This lab houses state-of-the-art equipment for biotechnology, biochemistry, and the applications of biological science to a broad range of engineering issues. It hosts research from many of the school's departments, including chemical and biomolecular, materials, and civil and environmental engineering, and features cutting-edge information technology for data acquisition, monitoring and process control. Capabilities include protein and DNA sequencers, near-infrared, ultraviolet, and visible spectrum spectrometry, mass spectrometry, gas chromatography (GC), gel electrophoresis, and liquid column chromatography including HPLC, affinity, ion-exchange, and size exclusion. The lab supports a separate module of microprocessor-controlled cell culture reactors for both aerobic and anaerobic experiments, as well as CO2 incubators, autoclaves, an environmental shaker and a glucose analyzer. Environmental chambers for temperature and humidity control to 80 degrees below zero Celsius are available for specialized experiments, as well as laminar-flow biological hoods and other protective systems.
Intelligent Transportation Systems Laboratory
This lab supports the school's expanding research into applying electronics, sensor systems, and information technology to traffic management. The lab hosts a direct, fiber-optical connection to the Maryland State Highway Administration's operations control center (CHART) at BWI Airport, feeding real-time traffic information to computer simulation and analysis systems on campus. It also includes large-screen imaging for traffic monitoring, network simulation, and incident management.
Space Hardware Assembly Laboratory
This state-of-the-art complex is used for developing and testing small satellites, shuttle or space station payloads, and other space systems. The main facility houses two assembly and checkout bays for the parallel development of space projects. Around the perimeter will be advanced development facilities, including rapid prototyping fabricators, vibration test stands, and a thermal vacuum chamber. A dedicated electronics fabrication and test facility and a bonded storage room for maintaining control and tracking on spacecraft components adjoin the assembly bays area. A large overhead door provides direct access for shipping the completed spacecraft to the launch site.
Virtual Reality Laboratory
This cutting-edge facility will have two components. The VR Research and Design Center is an immersive virtual reality environment used for both basic research on advanced virtual environments and for investigating new approaches to immersive environments. Inside, a user will be surrounded by 3D computer graphics with which he or she can interact. For example, the facility could allow a spacecraft controller to "see" a spacecraft in full view, or to walk around inside a failed component. Data will be displayed in many visual formats, or synthesized through voice outputs. By speaking or touching, the user can change the environment, highlight systems of interest, or look though auxiliary systems.
The Motion Base Simulator provides a physical simulation of processes that cannot be adequately constructed using virtual presentations alone. It allows the user to experience the "feel" of moving an experiment rack in the weightlessness of space, or to walk on Mars or the moon with counterforce appropriate to those gravitational environments. Incorporating visual presentation technologies from the Research and Design Center, the Motion Base Simulator allows human or robot test subjects to perform complex tasks in simulated gravity fields, providing a counterpoint in capabilities to both the VR Research and Design Center and the Neutral Buoyancy Research Facility.
BAE Systems Controls Instructional Laboratory
This lab supports undergraduate and graduate students in controls-related courses throughout the school. Experimental stations will feature personal computers, data-acquisition boards and conditioning modules, signal generators and oscilloscopes. Each station hosts a series of physical experiments from motion control to fluids transport, illustrating common phenomena that complicate control design such as transport delay, instability, nonlinearity, resonance, and saturation.
For advanced student projects, there will be a microcontroller development station and a high-speed, DSP-based control station. Instructors will be able to assemble an appropriate set of controls lab experiences from a collection of self-contained modules. Topics such as identification, robust design, adaptive and nonlinear control will be studied in practice.
Modern Engineering Materials Instructional Laboratory
This lab combines facilities for studying materials' mechanical, electrical and magnetic properties. Electromagnetic-based experiments will take place within a specially designed shielded area that eliminates electronic noise and stray fields. Another area allows students to prepare samples for mechanical testing, van der Paaw electrical mobility measurements, and thin-film conductivity experiments.
The Edwin W. Inglis '43 Thermal Fluids Instructional Laboratory
Every engineering discipline requires a firm grounding in fluid mechanics. This undergraduate instructional lab helps students experience the fundamental principles of fluid physics, fluid properties, and fluid behavior. Instruction possibilities include the differences between laminar and turbulent flow, the concept of frictional losses in flow networks, and the principles of multi-phase flow. The lab provides experimental capabilities for both incompressible and compressible flow.
The Agere Systems Microelectronics Instructional Laboratory
This lab is an integrated-circuit fabrication facility, used primarily to provide students with an understanding of how a silicon wafer is turned into an operating chip. Students review transistor operation and carry out the steps of IC fabrication. The effects that processing parameters have on transistor performance are examined. The facility enables hands-on learning and experimentation in the characterization of wafers and fabrication steps, oxide growth, lithography, dopant diffusion, metal deposition, and patterning.
- The BGE Learning Center in Honor of George V. McGowan '51
- The Black & Decker Learning Center
- The Charles A. Irish '52 Computer Laboratory
These state-of-the-art undergraduate design labs offer a complete environment to support collaborative team design, including a full complement of personal productivity tools and engineering CAD software. They are coupled to an integrated networked environment that includes Internet-based video conferencing and collaboration. The labs primarily support classroom instruction, collaborative design projects, homework and other computer-based tasks, supplementing class lectures.