Electrical Engineering Labs

Automation Lab

Herak Center
Electrical and computer engineering students learn how to use programmable logic controllers (PLC) to automate manufacturing equipment and systems. Students use a variety of PLC programming languages such as ladder, state logic and grafcet.

Avista T&D Power Laboratory

PACCAR Center
Housing new power system simulation equipment worth approximately $550,000, the lab provides students a unique opportunity to model and study power system behavior. Experiments include modeling a small individual power system, synchronizing two or more systems, power transfer between systems, connection and operation of protective devices, and dynamic system behavior under fault conditions.

Communications Lab

Herak Center
Students conduct experiments in a communication lab where they become acquainted with oscilloscopes, signal generators and spectrum analyzers. Measurement of common signals such as sinusoids and periodic square waves are conducted in both the time and frequency domain. The training and experience that electrical engineering students gain in this laboratory enhances their understanding of analog and digital communication systems.

Controls Lab

Herak Center
Students conduct exercises, based on time and frequency domain system analysis techniques, are used to model physical systems typical of control systems. The students analyze a moving-coil permanent-magnet dc motor and a pulse-width modulation amplifier in order to derive a (linearized) working model.

Electric Circuits Lab

Herak Center
Students learn the fundamental concepts of electric circuit measurements, understand the main features of power supply sources, analog and digital multimeters, and learn how to operate and use the signal generator and the oscilloscope.

Smart Antenna & Radio Lab (SARL)

PACCAR Center
Built via a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the lab enables innovators to address issues in wireless communications by facilitating the design, simulation, and testing of interference-reducing, high-performance communications, radios, algorithms, and antenna systems. The lab's anechoic chamber (absorbing all reflections of either sound or electromagnetic waves) is one of the few available to undergraduate students. It includes 3D simulation software with dedicated computers, a multiple axis-positioning table (MAPS), a vector signal analyzer (VSA), a vector network analyzer (VNA), control software for the instruments, and various required components. More about the SARL