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About Engineering and Physics

The Department of Engineering and Physics at Elizabethtown College is unique: small in size, big on quality.

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Engineering and Physics Projects

Elizabethtown Engineering and Physics students are involved in numerous projects in and around campus.

Facilities, Labs and Equipment

The Department of Engineering and Physics, located in the Masters Center for Science, Mathematics & Engineering, encompasses a collection of state-of-the-art laboratories and research spaces as well as areas for students to gather and study.

Laboratories & Facilities

Our Department is located in the $22M Masters Center for Science, Mathematics, & Engineering, which houses many small classrooms, and a collection of state-of-the-art laboratories and research spaces -- as well as areas for students to gather and study.

Student Hideaway

Located on the first floor of Esbenshade Hall, this conference room accommodates Club meetings, activities, and most importantly allows a place for tutoring and studying. Student Tutors are available in the evening on Sunday through Thursday from 8:00-10:00 PM. The Hideaway houses engineering and physics journals and books, a refrigerator, sink, and a hot-water dispenser for cocoa, coffee, and tea.

Laboratory Descriptions:

Electronics Lab (E-Lab)

  • Location: Esbenshade 182
  • Director(s): Ilan Gravé, Tomas Estrada
  • Square Feet: 954 ft2 (+ 209 ft2 storage room)
  • Courses Served: EGR210 Circuits; EGR220 Electronics; EGR315 Instrumentation and Measurement; PHY201L Physics II Laboratory; EGR410 Control Systems; EGR433 Advanced Computer Engineering; EGR110L Introduction to Engineering II Lab; (plus non-major core course General Physics II Lab (PHY104L))
  • Function: The Electronics Lab serves many activities associated with controls, and electricity & magnetism -- and as a classroom for several lecture and lab courses . It is also used extensively by students outside of course time for controls, computer, and electronics project work.

Mechanics Lab (M-Lab)

  • Location: Esbenshade 164
  • Director(s): Kurt DeGoede, Sara Atwood
  • Square Feet: 926 ft2 (+ 110 ft2 storage room)
  • Courses Served: Physics I Laboratory (PHY200L), Physics III Laboratory (PHY202L), Strength of Materials Lab (EGR262L) (plus non-major core courses How Things Work Laboratory (PHY105L) and General Physics I Lab (PHY103L))
  • Function: The Mechanics Lab serves all student laboratory activities associated with mechanics and mechanical engineering courses, as well as some general physics courses.

Geoscience Lab (G-Lab)

  • Location: Esbenshade 184
  • Director(s): Michael Scanlin
  • Square Feet: 936 ft2 (+ 195 ft2 in storage)
  • Courses Served: EGR275 Environmental Site Engineering and Design, EGR276 Sustainable Resource Engineering and Design,(& non-major courses: ES113 Earth in Space and ES114 Geosystems)
  • Function: Sustainable Design and Geosciences laboratory instruction.

Robotics and Machine Intelligence Lab (R-Lab)

  • Location: Esbenshade 273 and 273A
  • Director(s): Joseph Wunderlich, PhD
  • Square Feet: 905 ft2 + 135 ft2
  • Courses Served: EGR/CS434 Green Robotics, Automation, and Machine Intelligence, EGR343 Green Architectural Engineering, EGR 230 Microcomputer Architecture, EGR 332 Computer Organization and Architecture, EGR333 Digital Circuits & Computer Interfacing; EGR433 Advanced Computer Engineering; EGR280 Engineering Research / Project; EGR 491 & EGR492 Engineering Senior Project.
  • Function: The Robotics and Machine Intelligence Lab serves as the primary space for student and faculty robotics and machine intelligence research. It also serves as laboratory and lecture space for the courses listed above – with primary emphasis on Computer Engineering curriculum, and Green initiatives including courses required for the Sustainable Design engineering concentration. A library is contained in the lab which contains over 1000 books and peer-reviewed journals on Robotics, Machine Intelligence, Supercomputer Design, Embedded systems, Digital Design, Controls, Computer Architecture, Architectural Engineering, and Sustainable Design
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Design/Build Lab

  • Location: Esbenshade 163
  • Director(s): Sara Atwood
  • Square Feet: 1044 ft2
  • Courses Served: EGR100L Introduction to Engineering II Lab; EGR110L Introduction to Engineering II Lab; EGR291 Sophomore Project; EGR391 Engineering Design and Junior Project; EGR280 Engineering Research / Project; EGR 491 & EGR492 Engineering Senior Project.
  • Function: The Design/Build Room is the location for fabricating and storing student projects that involve moderate scale construction. Projects such as the community-based projects, some course projects, and the solar boat are fabricated and stored in this room. The room contains hand tools and some woodworking equipment. We also have standing-height project tables and stackable stools, as well as a computer & projector, and 20 department laptops.

Advanced Prototyping Lab

  • Location: Esbenshade 174
  • Director(s): Mark Gatti
  • Square Feet: 821 ft2
  • Courses Served: EGR110 L Introduction to Engineering II Lab; EGR280 Engineering Research / Project; EGR291 Sophomore Project; EGR391 Engineering Design and Junior Project; EGR 491 & EGR492 Engineering Senior Project.
  • Function: The Machine Shop contains a CNC milling machine for fabricating parts for research and project work. And a large shop extension is in development.

Biomechanics Research Lab

  • Location: Esbenshade 165
  • Director(s): Kurt DeGoede
  • Square Feet: 450 ft2
  • Courses Served: EGR110 L Introduction to Engineering II Lab; EGR280 Engineering Research / Project; EGR291 Sophomore Project; EGR391 Engineering Design and Junior Project; EGR 491 & EGR492 Engineering Senior Project.
  • Function: Motion capture and force measurement for analysis of human movement.

Semiconductor Research Lab

  • Location: Esbenshade 171
  • Director(s): Ilan Gravé
  • Square Feet: 400 ft2
  • Courses Served: EGR351 Physics of Semiconductor Devices; EGR110L Introduction to Engineering II Lab; EGR280 Engineering Research / Project; EGR291 Sophomore Project; EGR391 Engineering Design and Junior Project; EGR 491 & EGR492 Engineering Senior Project.
  • Function: The lab serves for research and instruction where electrical characterization of materials, with emphasis on semiconductors, is required. It also serves as an additional project work-space for electronic design.

Material Sensing Lab

  • Director(s): Nat Hager
  • Square Feet: 400 ft2
  • Courses Served: EGR280 Engineering Research / Project; EGR 491 & EGR492 Engineering Senior Project
  • Function: Develop novel process-monitoring systems for industrial application based on high-speed TDR dielectric sensing technology. Conduct research and provide measurement and consulting in related areas including 1) High-frequency process sensing and millimeter-scale fault detection, 2) Broadband complex permittivity and impedance analysis to 10 GHz, 3) Microwave cavity characterization in low-loss materials to 18 GHz, 4) Custom Microwave Cavity fabrication. 5) TDR and Microwave Cavity acquisition and analysis software. Consulting draws on unique combination of high-frequency physics and chemistry geared to industrial application.

Computational Research Lab

  • Location: Esbenshade 161E
  • Director(s): Mark Stuckey
  • Square Feet: 261 ft2
  • Courses Served: PHY361 Applied Quantum Mechanics and Advanced Topics in Applied Physics; EGR291 Sophomore Project; EGR391 Engineering Design and Junior Project; EGR 491 & EGR492 Engineering Senior Project; EGR280 Engineering Research / Project.
  • Function: Used by students outside of class for computational homework in the courses listed and for other project/research work.

Solar Research Lab

  • Location: Esbenshade 180
  • Director(s): Tomas Estrada
  • Square Feet: 351 ft2
  • Courses Served: EGR280 Engineering Research / Project; EGR 491 & EGR492 Engineering Senior Project.
  • Function: A research laboratory supporting faculty and student research in solar energy conversion systems.

Biomaterials Research Lab

  • Location: Esbenshade 167
  • Director(s): Sara Atwood
  • Square Feet: 397 ft2
  • Courses Served: EGR110L Introduction to Engineering II Lab; EGR280 Engineering Research / Project; EGR291 Sophomore Project; EGR391 Engineering Design and Junior Project; EGR 491 & EGR492 Engineering Senior Project.
  • Function: A research laboratory supporting faculty and student research in Biomaterials.

Solar Cabin

  • Location: Near campus track
  • Director(s): Tomas Estrada
  • Square Feet: 200 ft2
  • Courses Served: Introduction to Engineering II Lab (EGR110L); EGR280 Engineering Research / Project; EGR291 Sophomore Project; EGR391 Engineering Design and Junior Project; EGR 491 & EGR492 Engineering Senior Project; EGR494 Computer Engineering Senior Project
  • Function: Serving the purposes of : 1) researching and testing alternative energy storage systems 2) serving as a student project platform and study cabin, and 3) acting as a prototype for standalone community-center buildings
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