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The College of Engineering - Electrical & Computer Engineering

Capabilities

The College of Engineering is housed in Henry M.Rowan Hall, with a technology spine and modular classrooms and laboratories. These spaces are highly flexible they can be adjusted to meet the needs of a particular class or project.

The Imaging and Non-Destructive Evaluation (NDE) lab supports research in magnetic, ultrasonic, acoustic, optical and X-ray CT imaging, design and development of artificial neural networks and virtual reality (VR). The lab has pioneered the application of a variety of imaging techniques for non-invasive materials assessment and shape characterization.

Faculty, students and industrial collaborators have addressed a variety of 2-D and 3-D shape characterization problems such as:Stress-corrosion-cracking defects in gas transmission pipelines using acoustic imaging;

Mechanical damage defects in gas transmission pipelines using thermal imagingCorrosion damage defects in gas transmission pipelines using magnetic and ultrasonic imaging;Crown-corrosion damage defects in wastewater concrete pipelines using ultrasonic imaging;Stress-corrosion-cracks in nuclear power plant tubing using photothermal imaging.
Three-dimensional shape characterization of geomaterial aggregates; Identification and segmentation of radiodense tissue in digitized mammogram X-rays; Virtual reality displays of underground gas transmission pipeline inspection; Virtual prototyping of DD(X) Destroyer battleship engine rooms.

The building's connectivity and computer networking capabilities enable students and faculty to use computers andshared equipment located throughout the facility. Designed as a warm,open environment with numerous spaces where students and faculty can gather, Rowan Hall reflects the philosophy of the programs it supports.

The Computer Science Department is housed in Robinson Hall

There are several general-purpose computer labs in this building and a lab dedicated for use by computer science students. The computers in the labs include Pentium-based Windows 95/NT systems and Power Macintoshes. Unix/Linux servers are accessed viaterminals and graphics workstations. Silicon graphics workstations and Windows NT workstations are available for use by advanced students. A bank of modems is maintained for remote access. All of the labs and faculty offices, as well as the residence hall rooms, are networked to permit electronic mail and data sharing; students often submit course work electronically. The Department's network is connected to the campus fiber-optic backbone network and to the Internet.