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The ECE Department has fifteen laboratories that support its program of instruction and research. A description of each lab’s activities is given below. Laboratories can generally be classified as foundation labs or specialty labs with the latter most directly supporting the research thrust areas tied to Sea Power 21.

 

 Circuits, Signals and Digital Systems Lab (EC02) - Faculty Lab Directors: Prof. Todd Weatherford (Circuits and Signals) and Prof Jon Butler (Digital Systems) [up]

This laboratory provides support for instruction and research in the areas of basic analog and digital logic design, discrete component testing, fundamental circuit design, microprocessing interfacing, assembly language programming and communication theory. The laboratory is equipped with microprocessing development systems including an HP64000 for advanced course work and thesis research, CAD facilities capable of schematic capture, circuit simulation and fault detection. The lab utilizes various test equipment to include but not limited to oscilloscopes, signal generators, spectrum analyzers, multimeters and high speed data acquisition equipment. The laboratory supports courses in MSEE/EE degrees in both Computer and Communication tracks.

 Computer Communications and Networking Lab (EC10) - Faculty Lab Director: Professor Murali Tummala [up]

This laboratory supports instruction and research in the area of network design, engineering, and infrastructure development. Thesis work and research undertaken include modeling and simulation of high-speed and wireless networks and related protocols, video transmission over ATM networks, traffic modeling, simulation and analysis, design and simulation of wide area networks, and related areas. Lab facilities include ATM switches, routers, LAN switches, video processing equipment, a channel simulator, a protocol analyzer, network simulation packages, and NT workstations. The lab serves MSEE/EE degrees in both Communications and Computer tracks.

 Controls and Robotics Lab (EC07) - Faculty Lab Director: Professor Xiaoping Yun [up]

This laboratory is mainly an instructional lab that supports experiments for all courses in Guidance, Navigation, Controls, and Robotics. Lab facilities include servo control stations and associated computers (equipped with A/D and D/A data acquisition cards,LabView, and Matlab/SIMULINK software) that are used to conduct simulations and physical experiments, modeling, analysis, and design of control systems, and multiple mobile robots that support laboratory experiments in robotics courses. The lab is also equipped with specialized hardware and software to support thesis research in shipboard sensor calibration, wireless and smart sensors, MEMS inertial/magnetic sensors, and nanotechnology. The lab serves the MSEE/EE degrees in the Control Systems track.

 Communications Research Lab (EC12) - Faculty Lab Director: Professor Frank Kragh [up]

The ECE department does a significant amount of research in the cryptology and other communications-related subjects under the aegis of the Center for Cryptologic Research. This laboratory provides hardware and software support of these projects.

 Digital Signal Processing Lab (EC09) - Faculty Lab Director: Professor Roberto Cristi [up]

This laboratory supports instruction and research in the area of Digital Signal Processing. Research and thesis work include or have included work in acoustic data modeling and processing, image analysis and modeling, signal detection and classification, multirate processing, target tracking, and other areas. Lab facilities include several Windows 2000 and XP-based workstations including eight workstations equipped with TI DSP boards for real-time processing. The lab serves the MSEE/EE degrees in the Signal Processing track.

 Electromagnetics Lab (EC05) - Faculty Lab Director: Professor David Jenn [up]

This laboratory supports instruction and research in the area of microwave systems and technology. This is accomplished with a mix of hardware, instruments, test systems and software. Included in the lab inventory are scalar and vector microwave network analyzers, electromagnetic software for simulating antennas, ships and aircraft, and a software design system for simulation of microwave circuits and systems. There is also a fully automated anechoic chamber for antenna pattern measurements. The lab serves students in numerous courses in the MSEE/EE degrees in the Sensor Systems and Communications tracks. Students taking service courses offered for other curricula also use the lab.

 Flash X-ray Lab (EC13) - Faculty Lab Director: Professor Todd Weatherford [up]

 The Flash X-ray facility includes a MARX generator that develops X-rays on the order of 2MeV, dosimetry equipment, various machine shop tools, a shielded measurement room, and a separate target room. The Flash X-ray facility is used to predict nuclear weapon effects and electromagnetic pulse effects on electronics. This facility supports EC classes in reliability, space and strategic areas. Department research examining radiation effects in electronics uses this laboratory.

 Nano-electronics Lab (EC01) - Faculty Lab Director: Professor Todd Weatherford [up]

This lab supports design and analysis of semiconductor devices, design and development of VLSI integrated circuits, and design, implementation and testing of microprocessor and VLSI systems. Major equipment of the lab includes: Semiconductor Parameterization Equipment, Capacitance-Voltage measurement equipment, Semi-automatic Probing stations, High Speed Sampling Scopes, Logic Analyzers, Printed Circuit Assembly tools, Unix and PC workstations, Silvaco(TM) TCAD simulation tools, Tanner and Cadence Design tools and Semiconductor Parameterization Equipment (high power capability), Manual Probing stations (2+), Wire-bonding equipment, and PC workstations. The lab supports courses and thesis research projects in the MSEE/EE degrees in the Computer/Nanotechnology and Power/Solid state tracks. This laboratory is expected to be a major player in the nano-electronics of the NPS Nano/MEMs initiative.

 Optical Electronics Lab (EC04) - Faculty Lab Director: Professor Phillip Pace [up]

The Optical Electronics Laboratory provides educational and research support in the areas of fiber optics, lasers (including a fiber sigma laser), integrated optics and electro-optics. The laboratory has a variety of fiber optics instrumentation (including two OTDRs, a fusion splicer, optical spectrum analyzer, connector application equipment, a 1.5 Gb/s digital pattern generator and BER tester, an optical fiber amplifier, optical autocorrelator for pulsewidth measurement, various diode laser controllers), RF and microwave instrumentation (signal synthesizer, microwave spectrum analyzer), and general purpose test instrumentation. A variety of detectors, integrated optical modulators and imaging equipment are also available. The lab supports the courses: EC3210, EC3550, EO3911, EC4210, thesis students, and research in fiber optic communications and optical signal processing.

 Power Systems Lab (EC08) - Faculty Lab Director: Professor Robert Ashton [up]

The Power Systems Laboratory supports postgraduate education and thesis research related to the design, analysis, simulation and implementation of power converter and electric drive technology. Thesis research projects are closely coupled to current Department of Defense priorities including more-survivable power system architectures such as DC Zonal Electric Distribution, Integrated Power Systems and electric propulsion. In coursework and projects, students employ modern device technologies, hardware-in-the-loop synthesis tools, simulation packages, measurement devices and power converter and electric machine modules to assess component operation, develop feedback controls, and study evolving power system challenges. An emphasis is placed on prototyping and validating against detailed simulation models. The lab serves MSEE/EE degrees in the Power Systems track and is also a prime facility enabling the NPS participation in the Navy’s Electric Drive initiative.

 Radar and Electronic Warfare Systems Lab (EC06) - Faculty Lab Director: Professor Phillip Pace [up]

The objective of the Radar and Electronic Warfare (EW) Systems Laboratory is to educate military officers and civilians in the technology and operational characteristics of sensors, sensor electronic attack, protection and support. The Radar and Electronic Warfare Systems Laboratory supports both research and teaching. The hardware laboratory contains instrumented radar and electronic warfare equipment and has been in operation for over 35 years. Each radar system is well instrumented to operate as teaching tool. The equipment allows the student to experience hands-on knowledge of performance characteristics, conduct experimental research and reinforces concepts that are taught in the classroom. The radar and electronic warfare hardware within the lab serves the MSEE/EE degrees in the Sensor Systems Engineering curriculum and support. The lab supports the following courses: EC4610, EC4680, EC4690, EO4612, EC3700, EC3701, PH4274, SE3200, PH3052, MR3240.

 Secure Computing Lab (EC11) - Faculty Lab Director: Professor Phillip Pace [up]

This lab contains computing facilities for classified projects (up to the SECRET level). It contains a variety of computing platforms from Windows-based PCs to a Linux cluster. The laboratory is also heavily used by students preparing classified documents including class presentations and theses. In addition, the lab supports the courses EO3701 and EC4690.

 Signal Enhancement Lab (EC14) - Faculty Lab Director: Research Assoc. Andrew Parker

The ECE department does a significant amount of research in wireless communications functions, both transmitting and receiving, in-the-clear and encrypted, solving interference, Electromagnetic Compatibility and radio spectrum utilization issues. Applications include Direction Finding, Intermittent Explosive Device detection and jamming, and low-profile and Ultra-Wide-Band antenna development. The lab provides hardware and software support of these projects and is entirely research-supported.


Other support facilities within the department include the Academic Computing Laboratory and the Calibration and Instrument Repair Laboratory.

 Academic Computing Lab (EC03) - Faculty Lab Director: Professor Douglas Fouts [up]

This laboratory is the primary PC computational facility within the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. It is primarily a teaching laboratory for accomplishing computer assignments that are assigned as part of ECE courses. It is also used for research-related computing but only when such computing does not interfere with course work. The laboratory serves approximately 350 students annually and supports over 25 courses and over 12 curricula. It is also heavily used for student thesis preparation. The NPS Information Technology Assistance Center (ITAC) organization supplies labor for maintenance and upgrading of this facility.

 Calibration and Repair Lab (EC15) - Lab Director: Mr. George Ginette [up]

The Calibration and Repair Lab is an NPS-wide Type 2 facility for the calibration of test equipment and simple repair of some equipment. It generally requires purchase of parts and calibration manuals, as well as the occasional purchase of calibration and test equipment. The Calibration and Repair Lab provides:

  • Calibration service for all electronics test equipments for NPS as provided by CRIS data base inventory.
  • General repair for all calibrated and NCR electronics test equipment for all NPS, as provided by Property Book Inventory and CRIS data base inventories.
  • General repair for all computer peripherals.
  • Support for all specialized electronics devices for all ECE laboratories.

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