For details of ECE computing resources, including workstations, software, and server space, please see the Computing Resources Page.
Technical Support Staff
The ECE Technical Support Team has a Helpdesk website at ECE Technical Support helpdesk.
IEEE Professional Resources
ECE adheres to and supports the Code of Ethics developed by the IEEE Professional Society.
We encourage all students to learn and follow the IEEE publication format and referencing standards found in the Style Manual. See also the IEEE Author Digital Toolbox and the the IEEE Publishing Tools and Policies.
Open Electronics Lab (OpEL)
The OpEL supports the DC Circuits (ECE 2074 & ECE 2054) and AC Circuits (ECE 3074) labs. Students use their own test equipment from their Lab-in-a-Box kit and ECE supplied components. Validation, grading, help, and guidance are available.
This is a "traditional" lab that can accommodate 16 students at once. It supports Electronics I (ECE 2274) and Electronics II (ECE 3274). The students learn about everything from diodes and transistors to electronic circuit design.
Electric Power Systems Lab
The power lab (ECE 3354) introduces students to power transmission, transformers, various kinds of motors, and power issues associated with modern lighting. There is strong emphasis on safety because the lab employs real 208V 3 phase power at the kilowatt level.
The radio lab supports ECE 4675, which is part of the senior Capstone radio frequency circuit design experience. Students build amplifiers at 144 MHz employing s-parameter techniques. The lab also hosts Microwave Engineering (ECE 4104) and a new course in software defined radio. In addition, it supports the senior electronics design (ECE 4205/4206).
1901 Innovation Drive
The GPS lab is currently located in the Space@VT building in the Corporate Research Center. It supports Introduction to Global Positioning System Theory and Design (ECE 4164).
Integrated Design Studio
The Studio is 1500 square feet of space of lab space and a conference room dedicated to student projects. ECE 4805/4806, a two semester industrially funded and supported Capstone design experience, operates out of the Design Studio. The Studio also hosts a number of other projects, some in co-operation with the Ware Lab, such as electric car projects, underwater robots, the IEEE Hardware Challenge competition, high altitude balloon flights, and moonbounce communications. The Studio is available 24/7 after a safety and protocol briefing. The only requirement is that students must have a faculty advisor.
Autonomous Mastery Prototyping (AMP) Lab
The AMP lab is student organized and run. Students bring their own projects, and find mentor guidance and materials. The purpose of the AMP Lab is to offer a creative and practical hands-on learning environment for ECE students, staff and faculty. The AMP lab is not a "teaching" lab, but it has become a feeder for the Design Studio, the Ware Lab, graduate research, and other student projects.
Software Engineering Lab (SEL) / Computer Engineering Lab (CEL)
This lab is very similar in scope and organization to OpEL. CpE students do much of their programming and design on various processor evaluation boards and come to the CEL/SEL for help, guidance, and project validation.
Embedding Systems Lab (ESL)
Embedding Systems (ECE 4535) is the senior Capstone design experience for computer engineering students. Embedded systems is a hardware/software design experience that requires real world interaction with computer systems. The students interface a wide range of sensors, actuators, and wireless communications devices with real time computer operation. Watch out for the robots!