A female and a male student collaborate on a windmill model

CEMS teaching labs currently support courses in the departments of Mechanical Engineering (ME), Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE), Electrical and Biomedical Engineering (EBE), Computer Science (CS) and Mathematics and Statistics (MS).

Teaching labs are housed in Votey Hall, Perkins and Discovery buildings (See campus map.) Individual teaching labs are listed below:

  • Mechanical Engineering/Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Electrical and Biomedical Engineering
  • Computer Labs
  • Prototyping and Fabrication
  • Project Space  
  • Equipment Room

Providing a safe environment for all education and research activities is a priority for the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences. Below are helpful links to orient new students to UVMs Laboratory Safety Program.

Lab Features

All labs feature stations for waste disposal, personal protective equipment, lab cleaning supplies, chemical spill kits, first aid, and washing up as well as soldering in EBE labs and Fabrication Labs.

For a schedule of courses in each laboratory, please see the Lab Schedule page.

Working in CEMS Teaching Labs

To work in CEMS teaching labs faculty, staff, and students must complete the required online lab training.

Specific Training

  • Contact the lab manager or supervisor prior to the beginning of semester or 2 weeks prior to needing use of any lab space or equipment therein
  • Complete the CEMS Laboratory Training Assessment
  • Review the relevant Standard Operating Procedures (SOP)
  • Demonstrate proficiency in using equipment correctly and safely
  • Where required, use sign in sheet to log use of equipment
  • Examples of equipment requiring special training:
    • 6 m Recirculating Flume, Votey 101
    • Flotek 1440 Wind Tunnel, Votey 101
    • Tinius Olsen Testing Machine, Votey 112
    • Humbolt Compression Testing Machine, Votey 112
    • Prototype Shop, Votey 122
    • PCB Milling Machine, Votey 308B
    • Soldering stations, Votey 246, 308B

Timeline and Guidance for Lab Work Approval

Lab Access

Hours of Operation

Votey and Perkins Hours of Operation: Monday – Saturday 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Dean’s Office Hours (Votey 109): Monday – Friday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Teaching Lab hours: Key or CatCard access only. Approval of course instructor or Lab Manager required.

Key and CatCard access

Requests are submitted to the department administrator:

Note: CatCard access requests must be received no later than Thursday COB for cards to be activated the following Monday.

Working Alone

To work alone in any lab on UVM campus, you must read the UVM working alone policy and complete and post the required working alone form (PDF).

Unattended Operations

Unsupervised experiments require the Unattended Operations Form (PDF) be filled out and posted to the door of the lab where the work is being conducted.

Lab Safety

Laboratory Supervisors and Lab Safety Officers play critical roles in maintaining a culture of safety at UVM. The ultimate goal is to ensure the safety of faculty, staff, and students while remaining in compliance with all federal, state and local regulations. UVM strives to promote on-going research productivity and excellence in education.

CEMS Safety Support

  • Lee Diamond: Lab Safety Coordinator, Dept of Risk Management and Safety
  • Floyd Vilmont: Prototype Shop Manager
  • Courtney Giles: CEMS Lab Manager

Emergency Contacts

In case of emergency, dial 911.

  • Calls from landlines will be connected directly to UVM Police Dispatch
  • Callers from cell phones should identify themselves by saying "I am at UVM"

UVM Police 24 Hour Communications Center: (802) 656-3473

Confidential Tip Line: (802) 656-8477 or text UVM and Message to 847411

For emergency maintenance needs (e.g., floods, power outages) call SOS at (802) 656-2560 and select "1" from the menu.

Lab Citizens Initiative

UVM and CEMS supports a culture of inclusiveness, stewardship, and safety in our labs.  This means that everyone does their part to be a good lab citizen. Good lab citizens will contribute to keeping the lab facilities clean, safe, and functioning at their best so that all users can have the best experience possible. To do your part:

  • Complete the appropriate training prior to working in labs
  • Communicate problems, issues, or lab needs. All users are encouraged to speak up if something is wrong, broken, or unsafe. Please submit your feedback or email labhelp@cems.uvm.edu
  • Community service – Help to maintain supplies, equipment, space
  • Say thank you – It’s simple, but it helps!
  • Contribute to ongoing Lab Improvement Projects
  • Graduate Teaching Assistants: Attend end of semester feedback sessions, contribute to course inventories, provide lab manual revisions

Lab Improvement Projects

Lab manuals – Several courses lack manuals and you can help!
Lab setups videography project – working with BH staff to create short movies of lab setups
Lab feedback – Please provide feedback if you have ideas on how the teaching labs could better function in CEMS.
Contact the Lab Manager to get involved.

Graduate Students

Getting to know you…

Welcome to CEMS! If you are planning to work in any of the teaching labs as a Graduate Teaching Assistant or Graduate Research Assistant, please fill out the teaching and research assistant survey to give us a sense of your background and plans for working in the labs. This will help us to determine the appropriate level of training and support for you during your time in CEMS. 


Lab Supplies

On Campus

Academic Discount Suppliers

  • ThermoFisher Scientific
  • Airgas


CEMS Lab Manager Courtney D Giles

Contact labhelp@cems.uvm.edu for

  • Equipment repair and maintenance
  • Equipment protocols
  • Equipment training
  • Lab safety training and questions
  • Lab safety labels
  • Facilities Maintenance and work orders
  • Lab Manuals
  • Lab inventory
  • Project help

CEMS Dean’s Office Douglas Dickey

Prototype Shop Floyd Vilmont

CEMS Lab Safety Contact Lee Diamond or email safety@uvm.edu to review

  • Safety protocols
  • Indoor air quality
  • Chemical storage and use
  • Waste disposal
  • Lab safety training
  • Lab safety supply needs (waste containers, labels, etc)

Lab Equipment

Computer Labs

Mathematics and Statistics Teaching Lab

  • Votey 205, 1000 sq. ft

Computer Labs

  • Votey 229, 633 sq. ft
  • Votey 250, 280 sq. ft
  • Votey 252, 302 sq. ft
  • Perkins 108, 716 sq. ft

Hardware details and software requests.