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Centers and Laboratories


From nationally-supported research to hands-on instruction, the heart of student learning and discovery takes place in our laboratories.



Accelerator Facility and Associated Laboratories

The CSU Accelerator Facility consists of an electron accelerator and associated test laboratories. The L-Band, normal-conducting, electron accelerator will be located in the Advanced Beam Laboratory at the Foothills Campus. The building is presently under construction. The accelerator and peripherals are being assembled in the F-Wing of the Engineering Research Center. In addition to the accelerator itself, there are several test laboratories, including a laser laboratory, a diagnostics test area, a permanent magnet test area, an electromagnetic test area, and a cold RF test area. The particle accelerator will be used for research in accelerator component development as well as generate coherent radiation in the 200-800 micron regime.

Professor: Sandra Biedron
Location: Foothills Campus
Website: Accelerator Facility and Associated Laboratories


Advanced Power Engineering Laboratory (APEL)

APEL supports high-profile high-impact sponsored research and education activities in the area of power systems engineering with special emphasis on developing cyber-physical systems-based solutions and advanced energy management systems for the emerging Smart Grid and the next generation electricity infrastructure. Scholars associated with this lab possess expertise in the areas of grid integration of renewable energy systems, building energy management systems, electric transmission, distribution, and transportation systems, as well as finite-inertia systems such as microgrids.

Professor: Sid Suryanarayanan
Location: Engineering C03
Phone: 970-491-4632


Advanced Thin Film Deposition and Material Processing Laboratory

This laboratory encompasses: (a) the deposition of ultrathin oxide, semiconductor and metal films which are used to engineer high damage threshold optical coatings and extreme ultraviolet optics; (b) processing of technologically important materials using chemically assisted ion beam etching; (c) development of optical tools to probe the multilayer structures.

Professor: Carmen Menoni
Location: Engineering Research Center B108/B312


Articulated Motion Laboratory

This laboratory supports research activities in the simulation, analysis, design, and control of articulated motion generated by either biological or robotic systems. The emphasis is on the class of articulated systems that are kinematically redundant, and therefore capable of highly complex and dexterous motions. Current research activities include the development of failure tolerant robotic systems for use in hazardous or remote environments and the design of automated assembly and inspection systems for industrial applications.

Professor: Anthony Maciejewski
Location: Engineering C21
Phone: 970-491-2021
Website: Articulated Motion Laboratory


Center for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere (CASA)

Professor: V. Chandrasekar
Location: Engineering C209
Phone: 970-491-7981
Website: Center for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere (CASA)


Chill Radar Facility

Formerly located in Chicago, Illinois (thus the name CHILL), this facility is operated by the Department of Electrical Engineering and the Department of Atmospheric Science.

Professor: V.N. Bringi, V. Chandrasekar
Location: Greeley
Phone: 970-491-6248
Website: Chill Radar Facility


Clean Room - Semiconductor Processing

Professor: Kevin L. Lear
Location: Engineering C13/C14/C15
Phone: 970-491-1626


Computer Networking Research Laboratory

Conducts research projects dealing with hardware, software, protocol and performance issues related to communication networks. Projects include P2P protocols, wireless sensor networks, detection of distributed patterns and anomalies on Internet, network measurements, network based attacks, distributed and adaptive defense against network based threats, performance modeling of networks, and testing and testable design. Director: Anura P. Jayasumana, (970) 491-7855

Professor: M.A. Anura P. Jayasumana
Location: Engineering C203
Phone: 970-491-7974
Website: Computer Networking Research Laboratory


Digital Signal Processing Lab

Current activities include basic and applied research in the areas of statistical signal/image processing for underwater target detection and classification, distributed acoustic sensor networks, multi-channel, multi-platform sensory systems and decision-making, autonomous systems, machine learning for pattern recognition, adaptive text and image retrieval systems, and data reduction.

Professor: Mahmood R. Azimi-Sadjadi
Location: Engineering C23
Phone: 970-491-1518
Website: Digital Signal Processing Lab


E-Beam Laboratory

Professor: George Collins
Location: Engineering Research Center B117
Phone: 970-491-8513


Electromagnetics Laboratory

Research activities of the Electromagnetics Laboratory are in electromagnetics (EM), computational EM (CEM), antennas, scattering, metamaterials, atmospheric EM, bioEM, and EM education. Its principal focus is in higher order CEM techniques based on the method of moments, finite element method, domain decomposition method, and hybrid methods as applied to modeling of antennas, scatterers, and microwave and optical devices. Some current projects deal with design of next-generation traveling-wave magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) systems; characterization of snow and rain using optical devices, scattering methods, and radar; development of RF applicators for biomedical applications; etc. The lab includes an anechoic chamber with a completely computerized and motorized six-axis 10 MHz-50 GHz antenna and scattering test system, built by students.

Professor: Branislav M. Notaros
Location: Engineering B110
Phone: 970-491-2967
Website: Electromagnetics Laboratory


Electronics Circuits Lab

Location: Engineering C105


Embedded Systems and High Performance Computing Lab

The research conducted in the laboratory includes the design, modeling, control, optimization, simulation, and application of embedded systems, mobile computing, and high performance computing systems. Several ongoing projects are focusing specifically on resource allocation for heterogeneous parallel and distributed computing systems, energy-aware exascale computing, emerging post-CMOS interconnect technologies including silicon photonics and carbon nanotubes, fault resilient on-chip networks and memory architectures, energy-harvesting real-time embedded systems, CAD algorithms for multi-objective optimization of massively multi-core processing chips, hardware/software co-design and system-level modeling methodologies for systems-on-chip, and energy-aware smartphone enhancements. Research activities of this laboratory are supported by government agencies such as the National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, as well as industry, including grants from the Semiconductor Research Corporation.

Professor: H.J. Siegel, Sudeep Pasricha
Location: Engineering C01
Phone: 970-491-3148


Extreme Ultraviolet Metrology Laboratory

This lab focuses on the implementation of imaging and interferometric tools at extreme ultraviolet wavelengths.

Professor: Mario C. Marconi, Carmen Menoni
Location: Engineering Research Center B310/B312
Phone: 970-491-8297


Extreme Ultraviolet Science and Technology Center

Professor: Jorge Rocca
Location: Engineering Research Center
Phone: 970-491-6796
Website: Extreme Ultraviolet Science and Technology Center


Global Positioning Systems (GPS) Laboratory

The Global Positioning Systems (GPS) Laboratory develops next generation global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) receiver algorithms to provide robust navigation and remote sensing capabilities. Our group deploys and maintains a global network of GNSS receivers and Radio Frequency (RF) data recorders which continuously monitor and collect the full range of GNSS signals. The GNSS receivers provide continuous, real-time monitoring and long-term statistical analysis of space weather effects. The RF data collected allows the lab to develop robust tracking algorithms and investigate atmospheric phenomena.

Professor: Jade Morton
Location: Engineering C09
Website: Global Positioning Systems (GPS) Laboratory


High Speed System Simulation Laboratory

This laboratory focuses on development of numerical algorithms for the modeling, simulation, and analysis of high speed nanoscale electronic circuits and electronic packaging. Current projects are dealing with the modeling the forward propagation of uncertainty from the input parameters to the response of microwave/RF circuits including but not limited to active/passive devices, high-speed interconnects, 3D multilayered power distribution networks, and carbon nanotube interconnects. Other projects are dealing with novel, cutting edge algorithmic frameworks for the sensitivity analysis and probabilistic design optimization of microwave circuits and devices in the presence of high-dimensional uncertainty.

Professor: Sourajeet Roy
Location: Engineering 10
Phone: 970-491-0595


Information Science and Technology Center (ISTeC)

Website: Information Science and Technology Center (ISTeC)


Laser Remote Sensing Laboratory

Location: Engineering C03
Phone: 970-491-0605


Linear Circuits Lab

Location: Engineering C107
Phone: 970-491-3398


Microwave Systems Laboratory

This laboratory's research focuses on the design and implementation of innovative microwave systems for remote sensing of the Earth's oceans, land and atmosphere to monitor hazardous weather and global climate change. Students and researchers in this laboratory perform field measurements to study the physical relationship between sensors and environmental properties in order to improve inversion techniques and retrieval algorithms. Currently, this laboratory is combining expertise in monolithic microwave integrated circuit (MMIC) design and packaging with remote sensing experience to develop miniaturized, low mass and low power sensors that lend themselves to deployment aboard uninhabited airborne vehicles (UAVs) and small satellites. The first generation of these sensors is capable of operating in small networks to provide high spatial resolution 3-D humidity maps in all weather conditions. Research activities in this laboratory include systematic studies of microwave emission from breaking waves and foam on the ocean surface to increase the accuracy of satellite sensing of the ocean wind vector, temperature and salinity.

Professor: Steven Reising
Location: Engineering C17
Phone: 970-491-5225
Website: Microwave Systems Laboratory


Nanoscale Science and Technology Fabrication and Characterization Facility

Professor: Mario Marconi
Website: Nanoscale Science and Technology Fabrication and Characterization Facility


Radar and Communications Group

Professor: V.N. Bringi, V. Chandrasekar
Location: Engineering C109
Phone: 970-491-6758
Website: Radar and Communications Group


Real Time Systems Lab

Location: Engineering C207
Phone: 970-491-7585


Signal Processing, Communications, and Networking (SCaN)

Professor: Liuqing Yang
Location: Engineering B109


Soft X-Ray Laser Laboratory

Professor: Jorge J. Rocca
Location: Engineering Research Center B306
Phone: 970-491-8514


Software Assurance Laboratory

The Software Assurance Laboratory (SAL) develops technology that supports the assessment and development of high-quality software. Research at the center focuses on methods to specify, design, and implement software with desirable qualities. Work involves methods to assure that software has these qualities and methods to improve the design of existing software. SAL researchers aim to improve a broad spectrum of software quality attributes including reliability, adaptability, safety, security, maintainability, correctness, and fault-tolerance.

Professor: James M. Bieman
Location: University Services Center 229
Phone: 970-491-7096
Website: Software Assurance Laboratory


Ultrafast and Nonlinear Optics Laboratory

This laboratory is focused on the development, control, and use of ultrafast (duration of < 10-13 seconds) optical pulses. In general our group explores new ways to control and exploit new physical phenomenon to understand and control atomic and molecular systems and produce new capabili class="lists"ties in ultrafast optical sources. Currently, a major thrust of our work is to explore the creation of impulsive molecular coherences and use those coherences as an ultrafast optical modulator. We use these modulators to sculpt the spectral and temporal properties of ultrafast laser pulses - enabling new capabilities. Additionally, we are exploring new types of nonlinear optical phenomenon for ultrafast laser pulse conversion.

Professor: Randy A. Bartels
Location: Engineering Research Center B212
Phone: 970-491-1464
Website: Ultrafast and Nonlinear Optics Laboratory


VLSI System Architecture Lab

The research activities in the VLSI System Architecture Laboratory are mainly in the areas of design and testing of novel VLSI based systems and of VLSI design methodologies. The activities in the VLSI-based systems include real-time vision chip architecture, high-performance DSP architecture for FFT, DCT and wavelet transforms, architectures for DRAM/logic merged technology, and CMOS-based sensing and imaging chip architectures. The activities in the VLSI design methodologies include development test metrics for VHDL verification and techniques for manufacturing test simulation (MTSIM) and test strategy selection at early stage of the design cycle. The VLSI System architecture Laboratory cooperates closely with and is supported by our industrial partners which include Hewlett Packard, Symbios Logic, LSI Logic, and Samsung Electronics. Research activities are also supported by government agencies such as the National Science Foundation and the Colorado Advanced Technology Institute.

Professor: Tom (Wei) Chen
Phone: 970-491-7999


W.M. Keck Soft X-Ray Laser Laboratory

Professor: Jorge J. Rocca, Bradley Luther
Location: Engineering Research Center B208
Phone: 970-491-2249