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Facilities

Paul D. Coverdell Center
Dean's and Administrative Offices
500 D.W. Brooks Drive
Athens, GA 30602
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Driftmier Engineering Center
Engineering instructional facilities with more than 110,000 square feet of
classroom, laboratory and office space

597 DW Brooks Drive
Athens, GA 30602
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Boyd Graduate Research Studies
Faculty offices and engineering research laboratory and testing facilities
DW Brooks Drive
Athens, GA 30602
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Riverbend South​
Faculty offices and engineering research laboratory and testing facilities
220 Riverbend Rd.
Athens, GA 30602​
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Whitehall/Engineering Education and Research Campus (EERC)
Large-scale research and testing facility for all engineering disciplines; educational venue
1151 E. Whitehall Rd.
Athens, Ga 30605
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Instructional Labs

The College of Engineering’s state-of-the-art interdisciplinary Instructional Laboratories occupy 23,000 sq. ft. of newly-renovated space and span all programs in the College. The Instructional Labs facilitate a hands-on learning experience for students in lab-based courses and for other lab-based projects including those in Capstone Design and for Undergraduate Research.


The Materials Testing and Heat Transfer Laboratory in Driftmier 1301 contains equipment for tension/compression testing, motor/torque/fatigue testing, heat transfer demonstration, and beam bending experiments. This lab supports a variety of courses offered in mechanical and biochemical engineering.

The Systems Simulation Laboratory in Driftmier 1304 is a computer-based classroom with collaborative and teaching space containing advanced workstations with design and simulation software. This lab supports programming and design courses across disciplines within the College.

The Systems Design Laboratory in Driftmier 1310 is another computer-based classroom with advanced workstations with design and simulation software. This lab also supports programming, design, and simulation courses across disciplines within the College.

The Mechanical, Thermal, and Fluid Systems Laboratory in Driftmier 1311 includes tools and equipment including pumps, hydraulics (machine and water), flow measurement tools, and much more to support learning for all our engineering students in introductory to advanced lab-based engineering courses.

The Environmental and Biological Systems Laboratory in Driftmier 1314 contains a variety of tools and equipment to measure water quality, perform biological reactions and fermentations, and much more. This Lab supports courses in biological, biochemical, environmental, and agricultural engineering.

The Tissue Culture Laboratory offers all-new capabilities for the College. The Lab is located in Driftmier 1314A and facilitates advanced biological and biochemical experimentation giving students hands-on experience growing, isolating, and processing bacterial and mammalian cells.

The Design and Discovery Lab in Driftmier 1350 is an open-access space for all students to utilize for collaborative class projects, Capstone projects, and research projects. Resources in the Lab include presentation tools, graphics workstations, a large collaborative space, vented soldering stations, and 3D printing and digitizing (2D and 3D) capabilities. Presentation tools include wireless-enabled projection, a smart podium,  and markerboards.

The Process Automation Laboratory in Driftmier 1355 houses a variety of automation equipment for students to learn how to program PLCs and other controllers for robots, conveyors, drones, actuators and much more. This lab also supports design and research projects for mechanical, electrical, and computer systems engineering students.

The Measurement Systems Laboratory in Driftmier 1361 includes infrastructure and equipment for advanced optics and photonics experiments, mechanical systems testing/calibration, microscopy, and 3D object visualization and digitization. The Lab supports course in mechanical, electrical, biomedical, and computer systems engineering.

The Biochemical Processes Laboratory in Driftmier 1367 supports experimentation for biochemical, biological, electrical, and mechanical engineering courses with equipment for chemical reactions, process control and sensing, and chemical preparation and analysis. This lab along with the Tissue Culture and Environmental and Biological Systems Labs share a dual chemical hood and chemical storage room.

 

Experiential Labs

The College of Engineering has developed a variety of highly-functional work areas for students to complete course- and research-related projects in all engineering disciplines. These workspaces range from being completely open-access to highly restricted, requiring intensive training for access. The areas listed below are structured to provide students the tools necessary to complete successively more complicated projects as they progress through the curriculum in the College.


DESIGN AND DISCOVERY LAB

The Design and Discovery Lab in Driftmier 1350 is an open-access space for all students to utilize for collaborative class projects, Capstone projects, and research projects. Resources in the Lab include presentation tools, graphics workstations, a large collaborative space, vented soldering stations, and 3D printing and digitizing (2D and 3D) capabilities. Presentation tools include wireless-enabled projection, a smart podium,  and markerboards.


STUDENT FABRICATION CENTER

The Student Fabrication Center is a collection of work areas comprising rooms 1500, 1503, 1505, 1506, and 1520 in Driftmier Engineering Center. Managed on the ground by a team of student workers, the Student Fabrication Center provides students space, tools, and training to work on almost any project and gain hands-on experience using state of the art tools and equipment.

The College developed these areas for students working on a wide variety of project types – class projects, Capstone projects, and research project from design all the way to prototyping, fabrication, and testing. The Fabrication Center’s areas are access-restricted. Students must attend an Orientation and Safety Training session to learn the basics to gain access to the two main areas, the Design Workshop and the Digital Prototyping Lab. Within both spaces, access-restricted sub-areas containing specialized tools and equipment require additional training for access.

► For a list of tools available, click here.

DESIGN WORKSHOP

The Design Workshop offers space, tools, and equipment for the initial stages of design projects. The workspace includes workbenches, storage areas, 3D printing capabilities, hand tools, electronics fabrication tools and more to support student projects. The Design Workshop is also home to the College’s Technology Lending Program, a program that offers a variety of tools, sensors, and equipment for students to check-out on a limited-term basis.

DIGITAL PROTOTYPING LAB

The Digital Prototyping Lab advances fabrication capabilities beyond what is possible in the Design Workspace. Bigger, more powerful tools and equipment are available to transform digital designs to prototypes and products. The Prototyping Lab offers many wood-, plastic-, and metal-working tools (saws, drill presses, welders, benders) and digital fabrication tools (3D printers, laser cutters, Shopbot, PCB mill, 4-axis mill, waterjet). Most of these tools are in controlled-access cages for which additional training is required to gain access. In addition to these tools are all manner of hand and power tools. Storage carts and work surfaces abound. If you can dream it, you can build it here.

FABRICATION (MACHINE) SHOP

The Fabrication Shop expands on the tools and capabilities of the Student Fabrication Center. The Shop is managed by expert fabricator, George Haynie, who is assisted by student workers. The Shop supports student and faculty (research) projects. The Shop offers both manual and CNC options for fabricating with metals, plastics, and wood.

► For more information about the Machine Shop, click here.

PEOPLE AND SUPPORT

The College’s Design and Fabrication labs are staffed and supported by an experienced Research and Instructional Support team. Our Team strives to support students, faculty, and staff to the best of our abilities. Our Team brings many years of experience to support all manner of requests. We accept support requests in person at our help desk in rm 1520 or in the Machine or through our central support request ticketing system at labsupport@engr.uga.edu.

► Click here to meet the team.