Teaching Laboratories

Computer Architecture and VLSI Laboratories

Faculty in Charge: Dr. A. Alsamman

The Computer Architecture and VLSI Laboratories reside in rooms 615 and 616 of the UNO engineering building. These labs are used primarily by the electrical engineering curriculum labs ENEE3512 "Microprocessor Design Lab" and ENEE3514 "Computer Architecture Lab". ENEE3512 is taken concurrently with ENEE 3582 "Digital Design using Microcomputers" by all electrical engineering students. ENEE3514 is taken concurrently with ENE3583 "Computer System Design" by students in the computer engineering concentration.

This lab is also used by several other courses for special sessions and labs. Such classes include ENEE2582 "Digital System Design", ENEE2586 "Digital Logic Lab", ENEE3530 "Continuous and Discrete Signals and Systems", ENEE4585 "HDL Chip Design", and ENEE4536 "Embedded Multimedia Systems".

Students have access to 35 computers that run assemblers and  microprocessor simulators. Students also have access to Motorola HCS12 and HC11 microcontrollers for use in embedded and real-time applications, and Altera FPGA boards and software for advanced microcontroller applications. Additionally, students have access to software such as MATLAB, and CAD software such as Quartus, Multisim, and Pspice.


Digital Logic and Digital Signal Processing Laboratory

Faculty in Charge: Drs. E. Bourgeois and D. Charalampidis

The Digital Logic and Digital Signal Processing Laboratory resides in room 713 of the UNO engineering building. This lab is used primarily by the electrical engineering curriculum lab ENEE2586 "Digital Logic Lab". ENEE 2586 is required for all electrical engineering students, and is taken concurrently with ENEE2582 "Digital Systems Design". For this lab, students use trainers which include a breadboard, switches, LEDs, a variable frequency clock, and voltage sources. Additionally, the lab contains 15 computers that run software such as MATLAB, Multisim and Quartus (Altera). Students have also access to Xilinx FPGA boards and TI DSP boards.

The laboratory is also used for special sessions and labs for courses such as ENEE 4535 "Introduction to Digital Signal Processing", ENEE6581 "Introduction to Image Processing", ENEE6582 "Computer Vision".


Circuits and Electronics Laboratories

Faculty in Charge: Drs. E. Bourgeois and D. Charalampidis

The Circuits Laboratory resides in room 716 of the UNO engineering building. This lab is used primarily by the electrical engineering curriculum lab ENEE2510 "Circuits Lab" and by ENEE 3518 "Electrical Engineering Lab" taken by non-electrical engineering students. ENEE 2510 a required lab for all electrical engineering students, and should be taken concurrently with ENEE2551 "Circuits II", while ENEE 3518 is either taken concurrently with or after completing ENEE3501 "Basic Electric Machinery". The circuits lab contains 12 complete stations which include analog Simpson multimeters, power supplies, function generators, digital meters, digital storage oscilloscopes, and Textronix analog scopes.

The Electronics Laboratory resides in room 717 of the UNO engineering building. This lab is used by the electrical engineering curriculum lab ENEE3517 "Electronics Lab" which is taken concurrently with ENEE3543 "Engineering Electronics Systems", and is required for all electrical engineering students. The lab contains 8 stations, each of which includes a National Instruments ELVIS system together with a computer system which runs Labview and Multisim. The Electronics Lab is currently also used for ENEE3574 "Communications Lab".

Energy Conversion Laboratory

Faculty in Charge:Dr. I. Leevongwat

The Energy Conversion Laboratory resides in room 611 of the UNO engineering building. This lab is used primarily by the electrical engineering curriculum course ENEE3511 "Energy Conversion Lab". This lab is also used for demonstrations and special lab exercises for the course ENEE3501 "Basic Electric Machinery" for non-electrical engineering students.

The ENEE3511 "Energy Conversion Lab" course is very unique. It provides students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with power equipment including rotating electrical machinery (DC and three phase AC generators and motors) and power transformers (single phase and three phase). In this course, the students learn to use detailed wiring diagrams to connect electric machines with power sources, loads, and meters to perform many different types of tests and experiments that demonstrate the operational and loading characteristics of electric machine systems. There is also a strong mathematical modeling and calculation aspect to this course as well. Students learn to conduct standard machine tests from which mathematical models for the machines can be determined empirically. Loading tests are then done on the machines, and the measured quantities from the loading tests are compared to quantities calculated mathematically by the students using machine models and circuit analysis techniques.

The equipment used in the Energy Conversion Laboratory is manufactured by Hampden Engineering. There are three Hampden Model HMD-100CM student power consoles. Each power console is equipped with a 120/208V Three Phase Power Source, a 0-140/242V Variable Three Phase Power Source, a 0-125V 5A DC Power Source, and a 0-150V 1A DC Power Source.

The following additional equipment is located at each console.
Equipment Located at Each Hampden HMD-100CM Power Console
Qty Description
2 Hampden DM-100A General Purpose DC Machines
1 Hampden SM-100-3 Three Phase Synchronous Machine
1 Hampden IM-100 Three Phase Induction Motor
1 Hampden T-100A Multi-Winding Multi-Tap Single Phase Transformer
1 Hampden T-100-3A Multi-Winding Multi-Tap Three Phase Transformer
1 Hampden RL-100A Variable Resistance Load Box
1 Hampden VRL-100B Variable Resistance Load Box
2 Hampden RLC-100 Single/Three Phase Variable Impedance Load Box
1 Hampden SYN-100 Phasing Lamp Synchronizer Box
2 Hampden Multi-Range Analog Wattmeters
2 Yokagawa Model 2491 Digital Wattmeters
4 Fluke Model 45 Digital Multimeters
3 Fluke Model 8010A Digital Multimeters
1 Shimpo Model DT-207L Optical Digital Tachometer
1 Schweitzer Model SEL-501 Dual Universal Overcurrent Relay

The three Schweitzer SEL-501 Dual Universal Overcurrent Relays in the lab were very graciously donated by Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories and are primarily used to detect and digitally record motor start-up current transient phenomena for analysis on a computer using software provided by Schweitzer.

Below is a list of the standard experiments done in the electrical engineering course ENEE3511 "Energy Conversion Lab" utilizing the above mentioned equipment.

  • Equipment Familiarization Exercise
  • Analog and Digital Wattmeter Performance and Accuracy
  • Single Phase Transformer Operation and Modeling
  • Three Phase Transformer Operation and Modeling
  • Rotating Machine System Operation and Calculations
  • Shunt Excited DC Machine Operation and Modeling
  • Series and Compound Excited DC Machine Operation and Modeling
  • Three Phase Induction Motor Model Determination
  • Synchronous Motor Operation and Modeling
  • Synchronous Generator Operation and Modeling

Analog and Digital Control Systems Laboratories

Faculty in Charge: Mr. L. Holzenthal

Both the Analog and Digital Control Systems Laboratories are currently being upgraded.

Communications Laboratory

Faculty in Charge: Dr. Bourgeois and Prof. Jovanovich

The Communications Laboratory is currently being upgraded.