Electrical Energy Resources Center (EERC)
The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is located on the first floor of EERC. We encourage all interested prospective students to come visit some time here on campus - during your visit, you’ll meet with our academic advisors and get a tour of the spaces you will use most often during your time in ECE. If you’re not able to make it to campus, or if you simply want a refresher on some of the spaces, we hope that this virtual tour is helpful. If you have any questions about the department, feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 906-487-2550.
This social space on the 5th floor of the EERC serves many functions. The chairs, tables, and couches are available for students to gather, study, and meet; there is also a kitchenette. The space is frequently used for social events as well, including meet-and-greets with guest speakers, graduating senior celebrations, and department socials.
EERC 330 Computer Classroom and Lab
There are a variety of computer labs located within the EERC. Some are used primarily for teaching, such as this one, and others are more open-use student computing labs for working on assignments, lab reports, and team projects. Computer labs at Michigan Tech come equipped with the software students need in order to find success. Learn more about computer labs.
EERC 817 Robotic Systems Enterprise
Robotic Systems Enterprise is an industry-driven enterprise that focuses on seamlessly integrating exceptional knowledge in electronics, robotics, and programming to solve real world engineering problems. From designing a vision system for work with a robotic arm, to an automatic power management system for weather buoys, RSE’s many projects come in all shapes and sizes.
An anechoic chamber is a room designed to place antennas inside of it in a simulated farfield situation. All multi-path beams are damped and the waves become very planar at the point of reception for the antenna under test.
An example of research using this lab is EMP Mitigation Testing Procedure for Enclosures, submitted by Senior Design Team 223 for the 2020 Design Expo at Michigan Tech.
EERC 509 Wireless Communication Enterprise
WCE has recently moved—a new image of their lab space is coming soon. As part of the Enterprise Program at the university, Wireless Communication Enterprise is focused on wireless, optical, renewable energy and biomedical technology. WCE has competent project experience in lasers, RFID, wind/solar power, PCB design, and embedded systems programming. We work as a think-tank for companies looking to push their product lines to a higher level. We also work as entrepreneurs, taking our own ideas to a level where they can be useful for industry and consumers alike. Check out the WCE video submission to the 2020 Design Expo.
EERC 637 Blue Marble Security Enterprise
Blue Marble Security is a virtual company of undergraduate students focused on securing the future through thoughtful use of technology. Our student-led company combines a rich educational experience in engineering design, team building, project management, and original product development. Blue Marble Security focuses on industry sponsored R&D and commercial product development. We sponsor several projects over a wide variety of technological specialties including security, the environment, and industrial process control. Watch the BMS video submission to the 2020 Design Expo.
EERC 622 and 722 Teaching labs
Shown is EERC 622, which is used most frequently in sophomore-level courses like Digital Logic and Circuits II—both key courses in setting ECE students up for success. This teaching lab has individual, one-person stations so that students each develop comfort and proficiency with all of the equipment. You will see teaching assistants in the space frequently, both leading lab sections and holding office hours.
EERC 722 is another teaching lab, which students may see in the Circuits and Instrumentation course, for instance. Students are provided with all the equipment needed to build their skills outside the lectures via lab assignments. Like the other labs, the teaching assistants for lab sections held in this room each have blocks of time to host office hours. Students can come in for extra help from their TA and have everything that they need.
EERC 427 NUCOR Industrial Control and Automation Lab
Made possible by a generous $255,000 gift from Nucor Corporation, this lab is housed within the EERC and is part of the Department of Applied Computing within Michigan Tech’s College of Computing. Primarily used by students pursuing the Electrical Engineering Technology (EET) degree, the ECE department shares a cross-listed course in Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) that is hosted in this space.
Across industries, controls are crucial to keep all manner of machines, processes, and people moving safely. In the lab portion of junior-level course EE 3261, students work to solve problems involving stability, transient performance, steady-state error, sensitivity; analog and digital simulation; and experiments with physical systems. Consider using controls to move a top-heavy item smoothly without it tipping over—these are the kind of problems being tackled in this lab.
ECE at Michigan Tech has a long history in power; it is one of the concentrations students can pursue within Electrical Engineering. Students pursuing this area take a range of courses to learn about applications like control, electromagnetics, electronics, power and energy systems, power distribution, and signal processing. This lab is used to teach students about topics including power factor, single and three phase transformer configurations, non-ideal transformers, synchronous machines, renewable energy, power flow and fault simulations, relay settings and relay testing and calibration.
ITC Learning Center
Like many departments on campus, ECE is home to a learning center staffed by peer coaches. The ITC Learning Center, located on the first floor of the EERC, is a resource for all electrical and computer engineering undergraduate students, plus non-majors who may be taking an ECE department course as an elective or as part of their EE minor. The learning center was renovated during the 2019-2020 academic year to make it an even more dynamic, collaborative space.
If small class sizes and detailed, precise, hands-on learning appeals to you, consider photonics within the Electrical Engineering degree. Photonics deals with the control of photons in terms of generating and harnessing light and other forms of radiant energy. Photonics is applied in the areas of energy generation and detection, communications, and information processing. Learn more about how you can pursue the photonics concentration.