Power Systems Support Lab
Location: BCEE 310-1
The Power Systems Support Laboratory (PSSL) is an advanced undergraduate laboratory equipped with different power measurement tools and workstations from LabVolt and Lucas Nulle. This laboratory is used for the support of teaching purposes in the area of power engineering, distributed power networks and energy systems. Since power engineering courses have different needs in terms of the laboratory exercises and will require different circuit modules to be used in the main workstations, this support laboratory is dedicated to the essential preparations of the workstations with the specified power circuit modules for the scheduled laboratory sessions. In addition, the PSSL will be served as the main workspace for the BCEE technician(s) with expertise in power systems engineering.
All the workstations and the power measurement tools will be tested thoroughly by the technicians prior to be used by the students, so that fully functional workstations and test equipment will be ensured for each laboratory session.
Power Systems Teaching Lab
Location: BRG 316
The Power Systems Teaching Laboratory (PSTL) serves as a unique educational laboratory space for a large number of upper-year courses in power engineering and energy systems. This laboratory will provide a great learning environment for Lassonde students to develop hands-on skills and practical experience in various aspects related to power systems engineering. Students will have the opportunities to use the unique power measurement tools and power system workstations to design, implement and test different types of power circuits, electric machines, and to study the behaviour of distributed power networks for renewable energy applications.
Rapid Prototyping Support Lab
Location: BCEE 310A
The Rapid Prototyping Support Lab (RPSL) provides students and staff with hands-on experience in the design and test of a wide variety of prototype electronic systems hardware. RPSL thus supports a broad range of traditional course offerings as well as teaching formats unique to the Lassonde School. The wide spectrum of applications addressed by RPSL’s prototyping capabilities includes the most relevant technologies in electrical engineering today: wireless communications, computing, control, sensing, and medical devices. As such RPSL serves all the needs of the EECS and its intention to provide an immersive and unique teaching environment to its students. Its circuit fabrication capability includes board construction and population with both off-the-shelf and microsystem components. At the same time, its probing facilities couple precise testing of microsystem components with with automated infrastructure for handling large class sizes. These facilities thus allow for the rapid construction of board-level systems for an extended array of uses including microwave, instrumentation, and embedded computing. This resource is used not only for the fabrication of educational tools and demonstration components unique to the Lassonde school, but also gives our students the opportunity to construct custom electronic designs as part of courses, project work and entrepreneurial pursuits.
Analog Support Lab
Location: BCEE 310B
The Analog Support Lab (ASL) is equipped with measurement equipment for the support of student teaching and design in the area of physical electronics, one of two key pillars in the EECS core electronics theme (complemented by systems electronics). As a space for physical electronics support the lab’s technical focus is on the development and design of electronic devices, sensors and analog circuits. Among its many uses, the ASL firstly serves as a workspace for a BCEE technician with expertise in physical electronics. The tech uses ASL equipment to support the initiation and development of experiential teaching material by faculty for Lassonde EECS undergraduates. A second, but equally important, ASL service is as a resource for our students to learn sophisticated concepts in their upper-year courses through access to high-tech devices and to further apply these lessons as part of course or capstone projects or even their own entrepreneurial pursuits. With appropriate faculty and technical guidance the ASL will provide our students unique opportunities to apply their learning at unique performance levels. As a foundational topic for the field of electrical engineering, the subject areas and hence the courses and student activities supported by the ASL are extremely broad and include semiconductor devices and sensors, integrated circuits, signal conditioners and instrumentation, electromagnetics and antennas, electro-optics, analog communications and remote sensing. These topics play a significant role in many Lassonde EECS courses spanning the whole length of a four-year undergraduate degree and our ability to support them at levels approaching commercial standards rather than toy mock-ups distinguishes York as one of the national leaders in high-tech engineering education. The substantial array of uses for our physical electronics pillar naturally requires a commensurate array of support equipment. The ASL is therefore outfit to support a broad range of operating signals (DC to 67 GHz, nV to 60 V, pA to 10 A) and test-methods (time-based, frequency-based, network parameters, linearity, noise, parametric).
Digital Support Lab
Location: BCEE 334A
The Digital Support Lab (DSL) is equipped with measurement equipment for the support of systems electronics, one of two key pillars in the EECS core electronics theme (complemented by physical electronics). As a space for systems electronics support the lab’s technical focus is on the development and design of digital electronic computing devices. Among its many uses, the DSL firstly serves as a workspace for a BCEE technician with expertise in systems electronics. The tech uses DSL equipment to support the initiation and development of experiential teaching material by faculty for Lassonde EECS undergraduates. A second, but equally important, DSL service is as a resource for our students to learn sophisticated concepts in their upper-year courses through access to high-tech devices and to further apply these lessons as part of course or capstone projects or even their own entrepreneurial pursuits. As a foundational topic for the field of electrical engineering, the subject areas and hence the courses supported by DSL are very broad and include digital logic design, embedded electronics, computer architectures, very-large-scale-integration, internet-of-things, digital and wireless communications.
Medical Devices Teaching Lab
Location: BRG 336
Medical Devices Laboratory is an advanced undergraduate laboratory offering the Lassonde students a great opportunity to design implement and test medical devices and biological instrumentation. This laboratory consists of two parts of teaching laboratory (314) and support laboratory (310-2). The support laboratory is dedicated (1) to the preparation of cellular and molecular biological samples and (2) to the test and characterization of biological samples micro-fluidic, BioMEMS devices taught to the undergraduate students. The sample preparation and standard characterization will be performed by technician and the students can use the sample for running the experiment. This laboratory is dedicated to culture the neuronal cells or small animals using a large number of equipment including the incubators, refrigerators, and etc. The samples should also be tested prior to be tested by the students.
Electronics Teaching Lab
Location: BRG 334
The electronics teaching lab serves as a general educational laboratory space for a large number of courses in physical and systems electronics. It provides basic equipment for the execution of labs and projects which, for upper-year courses are augmented by the broader array of test and characterization hardware available in the ASL and DSL.