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Facilities

Paul D. Coverdell Center
Dean's and Administrative Offices
500 D.W. Brooks Drive
Athens, GA 30602
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Driftmier Engineering Center
Engineering instructional facilities with more than 110,000 square feet of
classroom, laboratory and office space

597 DW Brooks Drive
Athens, GA 30602
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Boyd Graduate Research Studies
Faculty offices and engineering research laboratory and testing facilities
DW Brooks Drive
Athens, GA 30602
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Riverbend South​
Faculty offices and engineering research laboratory and testing facilities
220 Riverbend Rd.
Athens, GA 30602​
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Whitehall/Engineering Education and Research Campus (EERC)
Large-scale research and testing facility for all engineering disciplines; educational venue
1151 E. Whitehall Rd.
Athens, Ga 30605
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Instruction Labs

The Applied Machine Vision Laboratory supports a course designed to provide students with experience in machine vision systems.

Bio-Photonics Laboratory is involved in optical sensing and optical imaging using the visible light spectrum. This includes fluorescent spectroscopy (some instruments are custom-designed to accommodate mechano-sensitive fluorescent molecular rotors), fluorescent imaging, fluorescent microscopy, laser-induced fluorescence. In addition, the lab has the capability of optical coherence tomography and a custom scattered-light confocal scanner exists. There are plans to add X-ray imaging and computed tomography with a custom-built instrument.

Electronics and Electrical Laboratory houses comprehensive facilities for teaching basic and advanced courses in electrical and electronic systems.

Engineering Design Studio provides dedicated computer facilities for rapid prototyping and CNC machining. Undergraduates enrolled in the sophomore-level Design Methodology course and the senior-level Engineering Project course are required to design, prototype and analyze a new product that meets a real-world need. Projects in these courses are typically sponsored by industry and are used by the companies to solve current problems.

The Engineering a Sustainable Environment Laboratory is located at Whitehall Bioconversion Center and is used in courses which focus on environmental monitoring, modeling and process design, solid waste management, hazardous waste management and concepts of risk assessment.

Fluid Mechanics Laboratory houses comprehensive facilities for teaching basic and advanced courses in electrical and electronic systems.

General Computing Undergraduate Study Lab occupies approximately 1228 ft2 and is designed to provide general-purpose computing for undergraduates. This Study Lab is accessible to students for 90 hours per week.

Industrial Controls Laboratory is a teaching laboratory which exposes students to motor controllers and programmable logic controllers that are used in industrial control environments.

Instructional Computer Laboratory supports courses that require programming and specialty software applications for Active Learning. This lab can be used for long-distance learning and on-line learning courses.

Materials Testing Laboratory is equipped to perform: testing of engineering materials and biological materials, 2) properties of soils and granular materials, 3) load cell testing and calibration and photoelastic testing. This laboratory is equipped with equipment for measuring static and dynamics strains.

Micro-mechatronics Laboratory has 18 “Intellibrain” controller systems equipped with color vision systems, servo motors with wheel encoders, NIR and SONAR range sensors which can be used for various autonomous mechatronics projects.

Robotics Laboratory is design to support hands-on practice of robotics and mechatonics processes. This lab allows for the construction, programming and testing of multi-wheeledand multi-legged robots equipped with servo motors and sensors.

Smallholder Technology Laboratory focuses on research and development of products or processes to improve productivity among low income workers in developing countries. Research is done with undergraduate students through international capstone summer research experiences.

Spatial Data Collection Laboratory provides fundamental capabilities for students to collect baseline data in collection, mapping and analysis of line-of sight spatial data.

Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories include two laboratory/classroom areas which are dedicated to classroom labs. One laboratory is a dry lab and the other is a wet-lab which contains hookups for gas, air, water and vacuum.

Biochemical Lab

Biochemical Laboratory includes facilities for the maintenance of aerobic and anaerobic microorganisms, and for enzyme analysis.

Bioconversion Laboratory is equipped to monitor air quality, develop processing technology for solid waste conversion to composts, and evaluate the quality and safety characteristics of compost.

The Bio-expression and Fermentation Facility is housed within the Department of Biochemistry and is a molecular biology, protein and biomass production core facility.

Biomass Processing Laboratory includes preprocessing technologies such as pelletization, torrefaction, pyrolysis, solvent extraction, and hydrolysis, and includes conversion technologies such as pyrolysis, liquefaction, gasification, catalytic conversion, fermentation, and transesterficiation. A novel aspect of carbon cycling using bichar (a co-product of pyrolysis) is being studied as a soil carbon sequestration method that simultaneously provides significant agronomic benefits.

Biomechanics/Gait Analysis Laboratory is designed to analyze motion of bodies and evaluate tissue mechanics.

Bio-Photonics Laboratory is involved in optical sensing and optical imaging using the visible light spectrum.

Cellular Bio-Engineering Laboratory is equipped for a study of enzyme and cell-based sensing. Current focus is on research towards use of nano/micro structures to facilitate the implementation of three-dimensional cultures in drug discovery programs.

Clean RoomClean Room consists of a 500 square feet microfabrication space equipped with fume hood, DI water, gases, vacuum, exhaust system, air filtration system and chemical storage. The major equipment inside clean room are one MJB3 mask aligner, one bench top chemical spinner and one bench top hot plate. It is designed to carry out fabrication processes for engineering and biomedical research.

Electron MicroscopeFermentation Laboratory is equipped for the growth of microorganisms and for the design of processes to optimize their use.

Tube FurnacesFunctional Nanomaterials Synthesis and Characterization Laboratory is equipped with six well-controlled tube furnace synthesis systems, a field-emission gun scanning electron microscope attached with an energy-dispersive x-ray spectrometer, a spectrofluorometer, a UV-vis spectrometer and a variety of other nanomaterials synthesis equipment.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Laboratory contains workstations and PC’s, color plotters/printers/ high-quality scanners and a Calcomp digitizer to analyze spatial data. SPANS, Arc/Info, ArcView and ERDAS software packages are used in many applications to environmental engineering.

Materials Testing Laboratory is equipped for investigating the mechanical properties of both physical and biological materials undergoing static and dynamic loading.

MEMS Test and Characterization Laboratory (RBS) is designed to carry out the research work for microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) device fabrication, testing and characterization.

Microcontroller Laboratory houses stations for data acquisition, analog and digital signal applications and machine control.

Microscopy Laboratory is equipped with an Olympus IX71 inverted microscope and a variety of lasers, optics, and electro-optic components for research and development of advanced microscopy techniques.

Molecular Nano-bioengineering/Molecular Nano-bioelectronics Laboratory houses equipment to investigate organic molecules, especially biological systems on the single molecular level.

Office of the State Climatologist – Extensive weather and climate impact data and computer models are available for design to meet Georgia’s environmental conditions

Optical Microsopy Laboratory is being developed to enable research into novel techniques for the advancement of optical microscopy and imaging.

Polymer Science and Engineering Laboratory (RBS) includes 1500 square feet of laboratories used to synthesize and characterize polymeric materials.

Processing Systems and Unit Operations Laboratory focuses on process and material properties measurements and physical and biological process studies for optimizing energy and environmental pollution abatement.

Research Shop – All basic metal and wood working equipment is available.

Tissue Biomechanics Laboratory is designed for activities in analyzing the loading behavior of soft and hard animal tissues as well as plant materials.

Virtual Experiences Laboratory is equipped for research on the use and development of virtual, mixed, and augmented reality experiences.

Water Quality Analysis Laboratory/Watershed Center houses labs for analyzing physical, chemical, and biological characteristics of water samples.

Watershed Assessment Laboratory offers workstations and PC’s for use in GIS analysis and computer modeling for research programs combining bioassessments, physical habitat assessments, water quality analysis and hydrologic modeling.