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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, Studios, & 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, studios, 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 and Studio Descriptions:

Electronics Lab

  • Location: Esbenshade 182
  • Director(s): Ilan Gravé, Tomas Estrada
  • Square Feet: 954 ft^2 (+ 209 ft^2 storage room)
  • Courses Served: EGR210 Circuits; EGR220 Electronics; EGR315 Communication Theory; PHY201L Physics II Laboratory; EGR410 Control Systems; non-major core course General Physics II Lab (PHY104L)
  • Function: The Electronics Lab serves all laboratories associated with electricity and magnetism and as a classroom for several courses. It is also used extensively by students outside of course time for computer and electronics project work.

Mechanics Lab

  • Location: Esbenshade 163
  • Director(s): Kurt DeGoede, Brenda Read-Daily, Sara Atwood
  • Square Feet: 926 ft^2 (+ 110 ft^2 storage room)
  • Courses Served: Physics I Laboratory (PHY200L), Physics III Laboratory (PHY202L), Strength of Materials Laboratory (EGR262L), non-major core courses How Things Work Laboratory (PHY105L) and General Physics I Lab (PHY103L)
  • Function: The Mechanics Lab serves all laboratories associated with mechanics and mechanical engineering courses, as well as some general physics courses.

Design and Technology-Transfer Studio

  • Location: Esbenshade 273 and 273A
  • Director(s): Joseph Wunderlich (Director), Tomas Estrada (Assoc. Director)
  • Square Feet: 905 ft^2 + 135 ft^2
  • Courses Served: Green Robotics, Automation, and Machine Intelligence (EGR/CS 434), Microcomputer Architecture (EGR/CS 230), Computer Organization and Design (EGR/CS 332), Digital Circuits & Interfacing Lecture & Labs (EGR/CS 333), Advanced Computer Engineering Lecture & Labs (EGR/CS 433), Green Architectural Engineering (EGR 343), Architectural Design Studio I and II (EGR/ART 499 A & B), (& a non-major/minor course: FYS 100 Conceptual Architecture)
  • Function: Serves as the primary space for robotics and machine intelligence research, and Architectural Design. A library is contained in the lab with 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
  • LAB WEBSITE

Geoscience and Sustainable Engineering Lab

  • Location: Esbenshade 184
  • Director(s): Michael Scanlin
  • Square Feet: 936 ft^2 (+ 195 ft^2 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.

Engineering Design Studio ("Design Lab")

  • Location: Esbenshade 164
  • Director(s): Kurt DeGoede, Sara Atwood, Brenda Read-Daily
  • Square Feet: 1044 ft^2
  • 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 ("Fabrication Lab")

  • Location: Esbenshade 174
  • Director(s): Mark Gatti
  • Square Feet: 
  • 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 has just been completed.

Biomechanics Research Lab

  • Location: Esbenshade 165
  • Director(s): Kurt DeGoede
  • Square Feet: 450 ft^2
  • 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.

Biomaterials Research Lab

  • Location: Esbenshade 167
  • Director(s): Sara Atwood
  • Square Feet: 397 ft^2
  • 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 computational modeling of biomaterials, and engineering education, as well as undergraduate research and/or projects related to on-going studies.

Semiconductor Research Lab

  • Location: Esbenshade 171
  • Director(s): Ilan Gravé
  • Square Feet: 400 ft^2
  • 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.

Water Resources Lab

  • Location: Esbenshade 161E
  • Director(s): Brenda Read-Daily
  • Square Feet: 261 ft^2
  • Courses Served: EGR291 Sophomore Project; EGR391 Engineering Design and Junior Project; EGR 491 & EGR492 Engineering Senior Project; EGR280 Engineering Research / Project, EGR375 Special topics course in Intro to Environmental design
  • Function: A research laboratory supporting faculty research in environmental engineering, particularly concerning water quality.

Solar Research Lab

  • Location: Esbenshade 167
  • Director(s): Tomas Estrada
  • Square Feet: 397 ft^2
  • Courses Served: EGR280 Engineering Research / Project; EGR 491 & EGR492 Engineering Senior Project.
  • Function: A research laboratory supporting faculty and student research in alternative energy storage systems.

Solar Cabin

  • Location: Near campus track
  • Director(s): Tomas Estrada
  • Square Feet: 200 ft^2
  • 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.
  • 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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