Facilities & Equipment
The facilities, curriculum, teaching methods and faculty have reached high levels of excellence and effectiveness. In Engineering, we have created project spaces that are flexible, allowing easy access for vehicles and machine movement. In addition, new and remodeled labs have been established for computer networks, parallel and distributed computing, autonomous vehicles, product design and prototype fabrication, manufacturing processes and systems, metrology and rapid prototyping.
Engaging the community of practice has long been a part of a UDM engineering education. Today, that tradition is growing as we increasingly emphasize intense industrial collaboration on student projects and applied research focused on the design and creation of new products, materials and processes.
In recent years, the Engineering and Chemistry Buildings have undergone numerous renovations and updating. Classrooms and lecture halls have been remodeled to accommodate advanced instructional and communication technologies and allow flexible seating for team-oriented activities. Our goal in creating our facilities was to have:
- State-of-the-art instrumentation and computing systems; laboratories and project spaces that support continual movement and modification of full-scale industrial equipment and vehicles;
- A building environment that projects an image of advanced technology and innovation; and
- Teaching and learning spaces that support the use of teamwork and advanced instructional and communication technologies.
- Using renewable energy from solar panels.
Major Learning Centers:
- iNSPIRE Lab Learning Center will serve as a nexus for creative activity, mentoring and undergraduate research.
- Center for Automotive Systems Engineering Education (CASEE) will facilitate hands-on collaboration of engineering disciplines and with industry partners such as Ford Motor Company and General Motors.
- Ford Center for Computing: This facility includes two major labs to support courses in the distributed and parallel processing and networking areas. These labs are located on the third floor of the Engineering Building and will support both the computer science and computer engineering programs. Resources include 45 new computers, with routers, hubs and extensive software for communication and distributed computing.
- Denso Team Design Center: This center has five team workrooms, each with conference table, high-end PC with CATIA and other resources to support team design projects. Engineering and computer science students from their first year through graduate school use these rooms. Teams are able to reserve a room for their regular use. One room will be equipped with a projection system for students to practice their presentations.
- Organic Chemistry Lab: This includes exhaust hoods and an enhanced utility systems.
- Visteon Prototype Center: This Center includes extensive prototyping equipment to create mechanical and electrical systems. This includes a second 3-dimensional printer and Computer Numerical Control machines that students use throughout their engineering curriculum to transform their ideas into real working systems (ie - students will build prototypes of their designs).
- Manufacturing Processes Lab: This lab has process equipment for forming, welding, casting, injection molding and painting, as well as woodworking for prototype projects.
- Manufacturing Systems Lab: Faculty teach the students the integration of machining, material handling, perception and controls into complete manufacturing systems in this lab.
- Life Science Smart Classroom: This classrooms has extensive multimedia presentation hardware and software and the wireless network and power at all seats to allow easy presentation and transfer of all manner of digitally based materials.
- Physics and Optics laboratories in the Chemistry Building
- Analytical Chemistry laboratories.