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Electrical Engineering Labs

Our lab facilities for students in the electrical engineering program include course-specific labs as well as labs for general survey courses. Select a lab below to find out more detail about available equipment and usage.


Sophomore Laboratory - Stocker Center Room 315

There are twelve stations designed to accommodate two students per station. Each station has an analog dual channel oscilloscope, a digital dual channel oscilloscope (with computer interface), a function generator, a dual D.C. power supply and two digital multimeters.

The Sophomore laboratory is used for the required courses for electrical engineering majors; EE 1014 (Introduction to Electrical Engineering), EE 2114 (Circuits II) and EE 2213 (Instrumentation Laboratory).

Junior Laboratory - Stocker Center Room 314

The junior laboratory is used for three required laboratory courses for electrical engineering majors; EE 1024 (Introduction to Computer Engineering), EE 3343 (Electronics I), and EE 3973 (Electronics II). It is also used for the required laboratory course EE 3051 (Basic Electrical Laboratory), which accompanies the electronics service course EE 3143 (Basic Electrical Engineering II) taken by non-electrical engineering majors.

There are fifteen laboratory stations designed to accommodate two students per station. Each station is equipped with general lab equipment consisting of digital dual channel oscilloscope, a dual D.C. power supply, three digital multimeters, a signal/function generator, a precision analog rms voltmeter, and a personal computer. A digital lab trainer is available at each station for students investigating digital circuits in the EE 102 course. A microcontroller development system equipped with DC permanent magnet motors, stepper motors, and servo motors are available at each lab station for students taking EE 3963 (Electric Machines). The personal computer contains circuit simulation software, microcontroller development system software, data acquisition software, and MATLAB software. There are also two curve tracers and two spectrum analyzers in this laboratory.

Microprocessor Laboratory - Stocker Center Room 306

This laboratory is primarily used for students taking EE 3954 (Microprocessors and Microcontrollers). EE 3954 is a microcontroller architecture and applications course. The purpose of this lab is to provide microcontroller development systems and associated software such that students can design and perform experiments to aid in understanding and gain confidence in working with digital and microprocessor systems. This laboratory contains twelve laboratory stations each designed to accommodate two students per station. Each station consists of a Microchip PIC™ based development system (designed and built by the School of EECS at Ohio University) and a personal computer. The personal computer contains development software for the microcontrollers and XILINX™ FPGA development software. The laboratory is also used as a supplemental resource for EE 2104 (Circuits I) and EE 4143 (Design of Digital Circuits). Students taking EE 2104 learn introductory concepts using FPGA development tools. Students in the EE 4143 course design more complex FPGA application circuits. The lab also contains additional instrumentation, such as logic analyzers and mixed mode analog/digital oscilloscopes, to enhance the capability of the laboratory. All computers in this laboratory were replaced in 2003.

Communications and Electromagnetics Laboratory - Stocker Center Room 368

This laboratory was created in 2001 with an initial investment of $58,000 (including renovations costs) and is still in the developmental stages. Its purpose is to provide a facility for studying electromagnetic phenomena with emphasis on antenna design and characteristics. These topics are covered as part of EE 3214 (Electromagnetics and Materials I) and EE 3223 (Electromagnetics and Materials II). Additional equipment, consisting of a high frequency signal generator and spectrum analyzer, was purchased in 2004. Some of the equipment purchased for this laboratory is shared with an Antenna Research Laboratory in the School of EECS (located in Morton Hall Room 120). Students taking EE 3223 utilize this laboratory’s anechoic chamber for characterizing antenna that they design and construct.

Industrial Digital Control Laboratory - Stocker Center Room 310

This laboratory serves two functions. The first is for a senior level elective course EE 4913 (Programmable Logic Controllers) that trains students to understand and use industrial controllers. There are fifteen lab stations, each consisting of a Controllogix® 5000 trainer-controller and a personal computer. The second is to provide lab facilities for electrical and computer engineering students taking the required course EE 1014 (Introduction to Electrical Engineering). Students utilize the personal computers for developing a basic understanding of computer architecture and machine language. They also use the computers to program microcomputer-based robots (Bo-Bots®) to aid them in their design and testing of basic robots and computer applications.

Plans call for the addition of a three-credit hour technical elective course for senior EECS majors in advanced applications in industrial control. A Fischertechnik™ model warehouse system and Bytronic™ process control unit were purchased for this more advanced course.

Senior Projects Laboratory - Stocker Center Room 312

This laboratory is used for students taking EE 4953 and EE 4963 (Electrical and Computer Engineering Capstone Design I,II). The lab contains a variety of electronic test equipment, power supplies, signal/function generators and personal computers. There are also various specialized pieces of equipment such as logic analyzers, spectrum analyzers, and precision sources and meters that are available to students working in this laboratory. Projects are of a wide variety in the EE 495 courses, so this lab is supplied with the most varied and versatile equipment possible.