Centers and Laboratories

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

Unless otherwise specified, all rooms are located in the Engineering Building.

  • 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 and Stephen Milton
    Location: Foothills Campus

  • 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 S. Menoni
    Location: B108, B306 Engineering Research Center
    Phone: (970) 491-8297

  • 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: C21
    Phone: (970) 491-2021

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

  • 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

  • Clean Room - Semiconductor Processing
  • Professor: Kevin L. Lear
    Location: C15, C14, C13 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 efficient implementation of protocols for Next Generation Internet, and performance modeling of optical and wireless networks. Director: Anura P. Jayasumana, (970) 491-7855
    Professor: M.A. Anura P. Jayasumana
    Location: C203
    Phone: (970) 491-7974

  • Digital Signal Processing Lab
  • Current activities include basic and applied research in the areas of sonar signal processing for underwater target classification, adaptive filtering and estimation, target detection and tracking in radar, sonar, and infrared imagery, automatic cloud data analysis from satellite imagery using neural networks, compression schemes for stereo and video images, spectral estimation and channel equalization for communication systems, and neural network training and architectural adaptation.
    Professor: Mahmood Azimi-Sadjadi
    Location: C23
    Phone: (970) 491-1518

  • Distributed Computing and Communications Laboratory
  • The research conducted in the laboratory includes the design, modeling, control, optimization, simulation, and application of: (1) heterogeneous parallel and distributed computing systems, and (2) communication systems and networks.
    Professors: Edwin Chong and H.J. Siegel
    Location: B5
    Phone: (970) 491-3148

  • Dynamic Systems and Controls Research Lab
  • The Dynamic Systems and Controls Laboratory focuses on the development of advanced control techniques for complex multivariable systems. The theoretical and computational tools developed here may be applied to a wide variety of physical systems. In particular the lab currently has experimental studies of active vibration suppression for flexible structures (e.g., servo control in computer disk-drives), efficient control of heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, and the use of (robotic) haptic interfaces as part of a multi-sensory computing system.
    Professor: Peter M. Young
    Location: B111
    Phone: (970) 491-2800

  • E-Beam Laboratory
  • Professor: George Collins
    Location: B117, Engineering Research Center
    Phone: (970) 491-8513

  • Electromagnetics Laboratory
  • Research activities of the Electromagnetics Laboratory are in theoretical, computational, and applied electromagnetics. Its principal focus is in novel higher order computational electromagnetic techniques based on the method of moments, finite element method, physical optics, domain decomposition method, and hybrid methods as applied to modeling and design of antennas, scatterers, vehicles, and microwave and photonic circuits and devices for wireless technology. In addition, students in the laboratory work on the development and implementation of far-field and near-field antenna and scattering measurement techniques and systems, and on using such systems, along with modeling and simulation tools, in analysis and design of RF devices. The group is also heavily involved in electromagnetics education research.
    Professor: Branislav M. Notaros
    Location: B110
    Phone: (970) 491-2967

  • Electronics Circuits Lab
  • Location: C105

  • Extreme Ultraviolet Metrology Laboratory
  • This lab focuses on the implementation of imaging and interferometric tools at extreme ultraviolet wavelengths.
    Professor: Mario C. Marconi and Carmen Menoni
    Location: B310, B312, Engineering Research Center
    Phone: (970)491-8514

  • Extreme Ultraviolet Science and Technology Center
  • Professor: Jorge Rocca
    Location: ERC
    Phone: (970)491-6796

  • Laser Remote Sensing Laboratory
  • Location: C3
    Phone: (970) 491-0605

  • Linear Circuits Lab

    Location: 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: C17
    Phone: (970)491-5225

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

  • Optoelectronics Laboratory
  • Professor: Kevin L. Lear
    Location: C7
    Phone: (970) 491-4308

  • Radar and Communications Group
  • Professors: V. N. Bringi and V. Chandrasekar
    Location: C109
    Phone: (970) 491-6758

  • Real Time Systems Lab
  • Location: C207
    Phone: (970) 491-7585

  • Semiconductor Ultrafast Optics and High Speed Electronics Laboratory
  • The research conducted in this laboratory is focused on the investigation of fast carrier dynamic processes in semiconductor materials and their devices. This work involves the engineering of novel optical tools that enable sampling of ultrafast processes in novel semiconductor quantum structures, and of high speed electronic probes to test the dynamic response of communication laser diodes.
    Professor: Carmen S. Menoni
    Location: B322 Engineering Research Center
    Phone: (970)491-8297

  • 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: 229 University Services Center
    Phone: 970-491-7096

  • Soft X-Ray Laser Laboratory
  • Professor: Jorge J. Rocca
    Location:B306, Engineering Research Center
    Phone: (970) 491-8514

  • Systems and Controls Lab
  • Professor: Peter M. Young
    Location: B109
    Phone: (970) 491-7875

  • 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: B212, Engineering Research Center
    Phone: (970) 491-1464

  • 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
    Location: C1
    Phone: (970) 491-7999

  • W.M. Keck Soft X-Ray Laser Laboratory
  • Professor: Jorge J. Rocca and Bradley Luther
    Location: B208 Engineering Research Center
    Phone: (970) 491-2249

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Last modified on 06/13/14