Engineering Open House

Open Labs

Friday, April 26th

The College of Engineering and the National Institute of Aviation Research will host an open lab time for members of the community and industry professionals to visit their labs.

Engineering laboratories will be opened in three different time frames, read below for a complete list of lab information:

Lab Tours | 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Lab Tours | 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Lab Tours | 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.

| Wallace Hall=WH | Jabara Hall=JH | Engineering Building=EB | Beggs Hall =BH |

Lab Tours | 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Mechanical Engineering - WH 109
Dr. David Koert
This laboratory houses experimental facilities for ME 533, Mechanical Engineering Laboratory, and ME 633, Mechanical Engineering Systems
Laboratory. The room also provides a work area for design activities for students in ME 662, Mechanical Engineering Practice, and independent study projects.

Mechanical Engineering - WH 114
Dr. David Koert
This laboratory houses 12 workstations for training students in the use of LabVIEW software for data acquisition, and experimental facilities for ME 633, Mechanical Engineering Systems Laboratory. The room is also equipped with GBIC Internet facilities that integrate high-quality video, audio, and data collection equipment to provide online access to laboratory experiments.

Mechanical Engineering - WH 117
Dr. Ramazan Asmatulu
This laboratory houses testing equipment for ME 251, Materials Engineering Laboratory, and provides classroom space for students working on related laboratory activities. The equipment includes a tension/compression machine, a Charpy test facility, facilities for fatigue and crack growth testing, and related equipment for sample preparation and examination.

Mechanical Engineering - WH 124
Dr. David Koert
This laboratory contains a diesel engine dynamometer test stand for ME 633, Mechanical Engineering Systems Laboratory, and MTS equipment for vibration (shake table) and acceleration (drop table) tests.

Wind Tunnel - WH 140
Dr. L. Scott Miller
This wind tunnel is a low-speed open-return facility with a 3-foot by 4-foot test section. The equipment in this tunnel includes: one-component Laser-Doppler Anemometer (LDA) system, Doppler Global Velocimetry (DGV) system, Constant Temperature Anemometry (CTA) equipment, two PC-based data acquisition systems, two 16-bit analog-to-digital converters, multi-channel signal conditioning electronics, three-component external balance, and 32-channel solid-state scanning pressure system.

Supersonic Wind Tunnel - WH 148
Dr. L. Scott Miller
The 4x4-inch (Mach 2) and 9x9-inch (Mach 2, 3, and 4) supersonic wind tunnels are located in the Wallace Hall annex and have the following equipment: Pressure transducer calibration bench, shadowgraph and Schlieren systems, and 32-channel solid-state scanning pressure system.

Walter H. Beech Wind Tunnel - WH 156
John Laffen
The Walter H. Beech Wind Tunnel was established in 1948 to perform low-speed wind tunnel testing for Beechcraft and Cessna. The lab has since seen many renovations and is still a state-of-the-art low-speed wind tunnel. It can deliver up to 240 mph winds and is equipped to handle a wide variety of aerodynamic testing needs, offering services in model design and production, and subsonic testing. Its size is ideal for many full-scale UAS models and scale models of larger craft.

Advanced Manufacturing Lab - BH 107
Dr. Krishna Krishnan
The Advanced Manufacturing Processes Laboratory supports research and educational activities aimed at understanding traditional and non-traditional manufacturing processes and the material characteristics that control processing and properties. The lab supports the tension testing lab modules of IME 258 and 558 and the lab modules on compression and shear testing, FLD generation, orthogonal cutting and machining process design. The equipment in this lab also supports the term project in IME 558 and the lab modules in IME 780C. This lab also houses the Virtual Reality Development Lab, which focuses on Assembly Planning.

Reliability Lab (Rapid Prototyping) - BH 128
Dr. Krishna Krishnan
This lab disseminates technologies that enable exceptional improvements in product quality during design and manufacturing phases. The main goal is to provide rapid prototyping and rapid tolling services to the industry in the State of Kansas, and support multidisciplinary industry based research projects in areas of Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing, Reverse Engineering, Reliability Testing and Medical Modeling. Current research efforts are targeting new applications of the technology in the design of high speed cutting tools, rapid fabrication of composite lay-up tools, EDM electrodes, and injection molding dies. A research team, with participants from the College of Health Professions at WSU, and the Orthopedic Research Institute, Via Christi, is addressing medical applications including visualization of human anatomy, simulation of surgical procedures, and customization of implants.

Manufacturing Lab in Viscom - Vis Com 104
Dr. Krishna Krishnan
This laboratory provides the necessary hands-on experience to undergraduate students in the IMfgE programs. The existing facility supports IME 258 and IME 558, Manufacturing Methods and Materials I and II, and IME 568, Manufacturing Tools. The equipment allows students to gain insight and hands-on experience in various areas of manufacturing, such as measurement and inspection, materials testing, heat treatment, CNC machining, traditional metal removal (lathe and mill operations, drilling, reaming, tapping and grinding), plastics forming, casting, and assembly.

Systems/CAD Laboratory - EB 209
Dr. Krishna Krishnan
This laboratory is the classroom for the IME 222 Engineering Graphics course. Each student in the class works at an individual station. There is also an instructor station that is connected to an overhead projector. This lab is also in IME 556 Information Systems and IME 565 Systems Simulation courses. It is equipped with a 3-D projector to facilitate 3-D presentation and VR application materials.

Crash Dynamics Lab - NIAR 109
Dr. Gerardo Olivares
The Crash Dynamics Lab provides research, testing and certification for transportation seats and restraints systems under dynamic impact conditions. It’s driving force is an MTS accelerator sled system capable of delivering up to 75gs of force. Facilities include a state-of-the-art photographic lighting system, high-speed cameras and a family of 17 anthropomorphic test dummies.

Environmental Test Lab - MESA 102 & NIAR 102
Paul Jonas
The Environmental Test Labs perform tests on electronic equipped designed for use in aircraft. The tests are performed to determine if the electronic device will be able to withstand the environments it will be exposed to on an aircraft. Some of the effects tested for include temperate, altitude, humidity, shock, vibrations, explosion proofness, salt fog, electromagnetic interference, radio frequency, lightning and icing.

Lab Tours | 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Bioengineering - BH 112
Dr. Anil Mahapatro
This laboratory is the main research and teaching laboratory for the biomaterials thrust area in the bioengineering program. Major equipment for biomaterials research includes chemical fume hood, biological fume hood, incubator, microscopes, ultrasonicator, GAMRY potentiostat, spin coater and mask aligner.

EECS Senior Design Lab - WH 321
John Harrison
The EECS Senior Design lab is an open lab whose primary mission is to support EECS students in both their design and implementation of senior design projects. The lab is divided into two rooms: room 321 facilitates circuit design and fabrication while room 322 supports rapid prototyping and includes power and hand tools as well as a laser cutter, 3-D printer and CNC ShopBot.

General Aviation Flight Lab - BH 221
Dr. James Steck
Supporting research efforts in flight dynamics, flight simulation and advanced flight controls for the general aviation community, this lab was created six years ago in Wallace Hall to house projects in advanced flight controls for general aviation aircraft.  The new lab space will house 4 workstations for advanced flight control concept development, each with desktop piloted flight simulation capability. It will have a separate large screen flight simulation station as well as a fully instrumented cockpit flight simulator with forward and side window computer generated scenery displays.

Lab Tours | 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.

CAPP Lab - JH 245
Dr. Abu Asaduzzaman
Computer Architecture and Parallel Programming Laboratory (CAPPLab) objectives include leading research/teaching in advanced computer architecture, embedded systems, and low-power high-performance multicore/manycore parallel processing. The lab recently received grants/awards from NVIDIA, Xilinx, and M2SYS.

Nanotechnology Lab - WH 125
Muhammet Ceylan
The Nanotechnology research laboratory, Kansas’ first and only lab of its kind, provides advances in smart, strong and lightweight materials fabrication and characterization for aircrafts and other industries; strong and functional medical diagnostic and treatment; faster, smaller, cheaper electronics and communication devices; clean energy and manufacturing; saving resources/raw materials using lesser materials; environmental monitoring and mitigation in every geographic location of the state of Kansas.

Bioengineering Lab - WH 021
Dr. Nils Hakansson
The biomechanics equipment and software housed in this laboratory are used mainly for BIOE452, Biomechanics, and IME 780E, Clinical Biomechanics Instrumentation. In BIOE 452, students conduct experiments by collecting kinematic (position) data from a 3D video motion capture system and kinetic (force) data from force plates. BIOE 452 lab exercises require students to: (1) become familiar with instruments, (2) collect and analyze data, and (6) write a technical report from the experiment. In IME 780E Clinical Biomechanics Instrumentation, students are exposed to and learn how to operate additional human biomechanics data collection equipment and software. The equipment and software are available to students for their lab-based term-projects.

SEM Lab - BH 133 and 134
Max Hinman
This laboratory operates the Zeiss Field Emissions Scanning Electron Microscope with capabilities/ detectors that include: in lens detector, Everhart-Thornley Dector, Quad Backscatter Detections, Energy Dispersive X-Ray Spectrometry, and Variable Pressure Mode. A FESEM produces clearer, less electrostatically distorted images with spatial resolution down to 2 nm.

Aerospace Composites Labs - BH 141
Dr. Keshavanarayana
Composites (nano, bio, etc) could be used in various applications such as aerospace systems, bioengineering and the like. Compared with conventional materials, these composites can be lighter, stronger, and more durable. The challenges lie in controlling and improving the material properties and making the manufacturing process more reliable and affordable. This laboratory is involved with design and development of new classes of composites for aerospace and biomedical applications.