Our curriculum includes significant hands-on, laboratory instruction and independent and team project work that allows students to apply theoretical knowledge to real circuits and systems. UVM electrical engineering labs are well-equipped with up-to-date digital oscilloscopes, computer-interfaced instrumentation, circuit design and analysis software, signal processing hardware and software, wireless communications instrumentation, and alternative energy systems (e.g., solar, wind and fuel cells).

Labs featured below:

Votey Lab Layout

FARADAY - The Circuits & Electronics Laboratory

Votey 334 – 747 sq. ft.

Responsible faculty member: Maryam Etezadbrojerdi

Courses that use the laboratory:

  • EE 81 and EE 82 - Linear Circuits Laboratory I and II. The linear circuits lab courses are designed to complement the introductory circuit analysis courses (EE 3, EE 4).
  • EE 183 and EE 184 - Electronics Laboratory I and II. The electronics lab sequence complements the junior year electronics courses (EE 120, EE 121) as well as the semiconductor physics and devices course (EE 163).

There are four fundamental aspects to these lab courses:

  1. understanding the theory of operation of practical devices and circuits;
  2. design and simulation of practical circuits and devices;
  3. characterization of devices, and construction and characterization (measurement) of circuits;
  4. analysis and documentation of results (including comparisons of measurements with theory and simulations).

During these courses students learn to identify particular devices, utilize data sheets, predict device and circuit operation, properly use equipment to provide power and signals as well as to make appropriate measurements, use computers to acquire and process data, and document lab procedures and results. Students are required to buy and use a kit of parts (including a protoboard for wiring circuits), a multimeter, and circuit simulation software. These items are used throughout the four-semester sequence. In the lab, students use a suite of Hewlett-Packard/Agilent/Keysight test equipment interfaced via IEEE-488 instrumentation bus (GPIB) to Windows 7 PCs. All PCs are connected to the college's high-speed network, and a network printer is available in the lab. PC software used for data collection and analysis includes Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word (using Agilent/Keysight Intuilink and/or BenchVue for data collection). In addition, a full version of Cadence/Orcad Capture/PSpice is available on the PCs for circuit simulation, and NI LabView is available for data acquisition on an as-needed basis. NI Multisim is also available for circuit simulation. MathWorks MATLAB is also available on the PCs for analysis.

NYQUIST - The Signal Processing Laboratory

Votey 330 – 280 sq. ft.

Responsible faculty member: Hamid Ossareh

Courses that use the laboratory:

  • EE 171 - Signals and Systems: Discrete and continuous-time signals and systems. Input/output descriptions and analysis. Convolution, Fourier analysis and Laplace transforms, Sampling and z-transforms. Application to electrical engineering design problems. Students use MATLAB.
  • EE 275 - Digital Signal Processing: Discrete and continuous-time signals and systems. Input/output descriptions and analysis. Convolution, Fourier analysis and Laplace transforms, Sampling and z-transforms. Application to electrical engineering design problems.
  • EE 289 - Digital Signal Processing Lab: Design and microcontroller based implementation of real-time digital signal processing systems. Experiments include sampling, digital filtering and the FFT. Simulations using computer vision software.
  • EE 295 - Feedback & Optimal Control: Senior level special topics course.

KILBY - The Digital Electronics Laboratory

Votey 328 – 563 sq. ft.

Responsible faculty member: Tian Xia

Courses that use the laboratory:

  • EE 134- Microcomputer Systems
  • EE 231 - Computer Design

In EE 134, students learn the functional and technological characteristics of microprocessor structures, memory components, peripheral support devices, and interface logic. Through laboratory experiments and textbook examples the student will learn how to integrate and apply microcomputer subsystems and components to common interfacing problems. The Motorola 68HC12 microcontrollers serve as the vehicles for exploring these topics. In EE 231, students are instructed to learn reconfigurable computing both from a hardware and software perspective. The course covers basics of hardware description language (Verilog) and field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). Different laboratory projects are implemented including the development of a 16-bit microprocessor.

MARCONI - The Communication Systems Laboratory

Votey 328A – 219 sq. ft.

Responsible faculty member: Jeff Frolik

Courses that use the laboratory:

  • EE 174- Communication Systems
  • EE 273 - Digital Communication Systems
  • EE 278 - Wireless Communication Systems

In these courses students utilize the instrumentation for a variety of in-lab and field experiments. Students in EE 174 learn the fundamentals of spectral analysis using spectrum analyzers and oscilloscopes to investigate AM, FM and digital communication signals. Students in EE 273 utilize the vector signal analyzer to investigate digitally modulated signals (spectral analysis) and demodulated signals (through constellation diagrams). These signals are analyzed in the presence of channel noise and/or component distortion. In EE 278, students utilize portable signal generators, spectrum analyzers and network analyzers to conduct field measurements in various environments to characterize large- and small-scale propagation effects. The lab has two benches. One bench focuses on analog communications and device characterization. The other bench focuses on digital communications.

EE Project Space

Votey 308D– 120 sq. ft., Votey 308E – 433 sq. ft.

Responsible faculty member: Jeff Frolik

Courses that use the laboratory:

  • EE 187 & 188 - Capstone 1 & 2 Courses
  • ME 185 & 186 - Capstone 1 & 2 courses

General purpose engineering design space, used primarily by electrical and mechanical engineering students working on their senior design projects. It is also used by students who are taking courses or are members of clubs that have electronics fabrication needs. Students use this as a shared space to design, fabricate, and test ideas related to the various projects on which they are working. This laboratory space supplies students with the equipment and space needed to develop practical electronics fabrication skills. The lab has plenty of open floor space, making it ideal for students to work on larger projects. It also has a full array of hand tools, hardware, handheld digital multimeters, and electrical components for building and rapid prototyping. The lab also has adequate storage for multiple teams to store their projects and materials.

TESLA - Energy Systems Laboratory

Votey 312 – 562 sq. ft.

Responsible faculty members: Mads Almassalkhi and Paul Hines

Courses that use the laboratory:

  • EE 113- Electrical Energy Systems
  • EE 215- Electrical Energy Systems Analysis

During these courses students perform a number of experiments related to electricity generation and machinery, including experimental work with 3-phase power, transformers, motors, and generators. In EE 215, students are introduced to the theory and practice of power flow calculations, primarily using the PowerWorld software package.