Students of Electrical & Electronic Engineering and Software & Electronic System Engineering have access to extensive laboratory facilities throughout the newly refurbished Ashby building, including laboratories for Microelectronics, Electronics, Communications, Circuits, Instrumentation, Virtual Reality, Software Engineering, Power and Machines.
Additional computer laboratories support Design and Innovation, Computing and CAD. Multi-million pound specialist laboratories augment these facilities and are used by undergraduates principally for project-based activity. These include a virtual reality theatre, a virtual reality CAVE, extensive cleanroom facilities for microelectronics and nanoelectronics, a robotics laboratory, a renewable energy laboratory and unique equipment for carrying out high voltage work.
In our ECIT building (within the NI Science Park), our undergraduates use state of the art facilities for High Frequency Electronics, Stealth Radar, Remote Sensing, Wearable Computing and Advanced Telecommunications. Facilities include Ireland's largest anechoic chamber (10x5x5m), which is used for antenna/freespace measurements. There is also a large scale reverberation chamber used for mobile communications related measurements and GPU hardware accelerated electromagnetic modelling tools.
The Bernard Crossland building has three computer laboratories available to all students enrolled on courses within the School only, and a large study area on the top floor designated for level 3 and MSc students. Each laboratory is equipped with networked workstations (running Windows 7), printers and all software required for undergraduate studies. Students have access to these laboratories to 10pm each evening (Monday-Thursday, 5pm on Friday). Final year students also have access on Saturday and Sunday.
Each student has an individual user account to access the PCs. There are several file servers where each student has been allocated storage space (I:). This is intended for assignments, class and project work. Other network resources, such as an IIS server, are available to students for class and project work.