The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering has thirteen research laboratories, each with an average area of 2,000 square feet.  Two main communications laboratories, the Fiber Optic Research Laboratory and Software Communications and Navigation System Laboratory, are used for student activities. Dr. Shadaram’s Fiber Optic Research Laboratory has several laser transmitters, RF and optical modulators, optical amplifiers, a 3 GHz spectrum analyzer, several low-hi frequency oscillators, more than 30 km of fiber optic links, several power supplies and numerous optical and RF devices.  The laboratory also has its own computer network with seven workstations. Students have access to several simulation packages such as VPI Virtual Photonic, Matlab and Pspice.  Dr. Akopian’s Software Communications and Navigation Systems Laboratory has various wireless system development boards, RF-Front ends, a wireless network testbed, positioning tools and receivers, six workstations and two servers.  The REU participants will utilize the lab space for their experiments and simulations.  They will use the individual cubicles and desks, equipped with PCs, for drafting their reports, presentations and private meetings with their mentors.


The research laboratories used for telecommunications are well equipped with network of personal computers loaded with all necessary software packages (VPI, MATLAB, PSPICE, etc.).  In addition to the research laboratories computing facilities, resources are exclusively available to the students enrolled in the College of Engineering.  The Engineering computing facilities include PC lecture room, CAD lecture/lab, and several PC Laboratories (more than 100 Dell computers).  Computers and data acquisition systems are also available at many other laboratories in the College.   Basic application software (word processing, spreadsheet, etc.) are available at all university-wide computer facilities.   Some computational software (e.g., MATLAB, LabView, etc.) are also available in the college computation facilities

Equipment in Fiber Optic Research Laboratory:

  • National Instruments Embedded Controller,
  • Quiet, modular 8-slot chassis for flexible lab instrumentation
  • 3.0 GHz Pentium Embedded Controller for PXI
  • PXI and CompactPCI specifications compliance
  • Graphical programming with LabVIEW The National Instruments PXI-1042Q/8196 Academic
  • Ando Tunable Laser Sources
  • National Instrument shielded connector block for M series
  • Data aquisation devices.
  • Advantest Modulation Spectrum Analyzer
  • ST Series Smart Table – Optical Bench
  • USB interface
  • Helium Neon Lasers
  • Erbium Doped Fiber Amplifier
  • Newport 4×8 optical table
  • Numerous optical and RF devices and connectors
  • Several Fiber Bragg Grating devices
  • Optical power meters
  • Wavelength Detector
  • Fiber preparation kits
  • More than 30 km of single mode optical fibers
  • VPItransmissionMaker™ WDM
  • VPIcomponentMaker™ Optical Amplifiers
  • VPIcomponentMaker™ Active Photonics
  • VPItransmissionMaker™ Cable Access
  • 6 Dell Desktops
  • Dell Precision 380 Workstation
  • 2 Dell Laser Printers