Instructional Laboratories

MEAM is home to instructional laboratory spaces that distinguish our program as a hands-on, real-time learning environment. Students can print in three-dimensional objects, use laser cutting equipment, research aerodynamics in our wind tunnel and work with advanced software programs, among many other opportunities. Below are detailed descriptions of the spaces where our students learn the latest in the mechanical engineering field.

Prototype & Fabrication Laboratories (Towne Building)

Laser Cutting LabThe Prototype and Fabircation Laboratories provide prototype manufacturing capabilities in support of student design activities. Based out of separate separate spaces in the Towne Building, it is the largest of our instructional laboratories. It provides students the equipment necessary to fabricate a wide range of prototypes from the simple one off prototype to the more complex mechanism. It consists of three separate lab/shop areas:


  1. The Student Machine Shop (Towne 169) provides both conventional and computer controlled (CNC) machining capabilities. Equipment available for use include, CNC vertical milling machines, conventional mills and lathes, horizontal and vertical bandsaws, drill presses, grinders and belt sanders. A wide assortment of metal and plastics stock is also available for purchase by students for their projects.
  2. The Laser Shop (Towne 167) contains two Universal Laser X-660 laser systems that allow students the ability to cut various nonmetallic materials. Four dedicated PC workstations that are networked to the laser systems are available to provide CAD support for part design and fabrication on these systems. This lab also houses our sheet metal fabrication equipment (shear and brake), a vacuum forming machine and injection molding machine.
  3. The Finishing Shop (Towne 187) provides various types of welding capabilities utilizing oxy-acetylene, TIG and MIG welding equipment along with other metal fabrication equipment including a spot welder, bead blaster and buffer.


General Motors (GM) Laboratory (Towne 193)

GM LabThis laboratory was established in 1988 with a grant from the General Motors Corporation. The lab is utilized to support various undergraduate lab courses and individual students working on various independent student projects. It currently contains 18 PC workstations with the most current software available for design, analysis and testing of electronic and mechanical systems. A complete selection of electronic test equipment is available for use including oscilloscopes, function generators, power supplies, multimeters, etc.

Undergraduate Experimentation Lab (Towne M81)

UG Experimentation LabThis lab is utilized to support various undergraduate lab courses. It provides an area for students to complete laboratory experiments utilizing various apparatus and data acquisition systems. Located above the GM lab model shop area, and with an open balcony view into the main GM lab, this space is used primarily for course-related experiments and senior design projects. The room has approximately 540 square-feet of project space, and access is controlled via a cardswipe on a single door.

Student Project Lab (Towne B11)
Student Project LabThis project laboratory is utilized to support various extra curricular student activities such as the Formula SAE project and the Electric Vehicle project. Located at the East end of the Towne basement, this 1700 square-foot, high-ceiling room is accessible through a set of double-doors with an electronic keypad and cardswipe (24-hour access is granted on an as-needed basis).
Design & Simulation Lab (Towne 205)

Design and Simulation LabThis 700-square foot lab on the second floor of the Towne building is the latest addition to the MEAM labs (opened in January of 2009). The room is a collaborative design space, with 20 CETS-managed PC stations lining three of the walls, a large whiteboard on one wall, and a high-resolution ceiling-mounted projector. The room's access is controlled via an electronic keypad (authorized students have 24-hour access)

PACE Laboratory (Towne 195)

PACE LabThis laboratory serves as a high-end interdisciplinary computation and design space to serve a wide range of interests within both the educational and research environment. Opened in November of 2007 as part of our involvement in the GM-sponsored PACE program, this unique space is currently serving a number of different needs, from lab instruction to robotics experiments. The laboratory contains 19 PCs running some of the most advanced computer-aided design, manufacturing, and simulation tools available, including NX5, MD/Nastran 2.1, MD/Adams, Fluent, and Altair Hyperworks. The lab is also home to a new Dimension Elite fused-deposition rapid prototyping machine. The room has approximately 510 square feet with one large exterior window. Access is controlled via a numeric keypad (authorized students have 24-hour access).