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Engineering  |  The Polytechnic School

Labs, Facilities and Centers

Our research efforts focus on transforming basic discoveries into practical, real-world use and enterprise.

From energy and the environment to intelligent machines, we are exploring innovative technologies and concepts that benefit society in tangible ways.

Because our classes are hands-on and project-based, they tend to be taught in labs, workshops and studio spaces rather than typical classrooms and lecture halls.

Our Labs, Facilities and Centers

Engineering Labs

3DX Research

3DX Research

Additive Manufacturing/Bio-Inspired

Faculty
Dhruv Bhate

3DX Research leverages space (3D) and composition (X) to design and manufacture materials and structures that utilize mass one to two orders of magnitude more efficiently than current state-of-the-art solutions.

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Advanced Manufacturing and Functional Devices Lab

Advanced Manufacturing and Functional Devices Lab

Artificial Intelligence, Robotics

Faculty
Xiangfan Chen

The AMFD group aims to develop innovative technologies to push the capabilities of advanced manufacturing, novel photonic devices, as well as high efficiency energy conversion systems.

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Advanced Materials Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory (AMAML)

Advanced Materials Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory (AMAML)

Advanced Materials/Advanced Manufacturing

Faculty
Kenan Song

The AMAML group develops the fundamentals of the (i) creation of new 3D printing mechanisms, (ii) innovating design principles, (iii) building-up, and (iv) characterizing filler-matrix interactions toward fabricating nano-composite materials and systems, where their structural features are established through bottom-up or top-down means and material properties are capable of matching theoretical predictions.

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Dynamic Systems and Control Laboratory

Dynamic Systems and Control Laboratory

Connected and Automated Vehicles, Autonomous Driving, Vehicle Dynamics and Control

Faculty
Yan Chen

DSCL focuses on design, modeling, estimation, control, and optimization of dynamic systems, particularly for vehicle, automotive, connected and automated driving, internal combustion engine, powertrain, aftertreatment, microgrid, and mechatronic systems.

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Human Machine Integration Lab

Human Machine Integration Lab

Orthotics, Prosthetics, Wearable Robotics

Faculty
Thomas Sugar

The Human Machine Integration Laboratory develops systems that aid and enhance mobility. Members of this lab are improving the quality of life and work with their advancements to powered orthotics, prosthetics and exoskeletons for the military, stroke survivors, and industry.

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IDEAlab

IDEAlab

Robotics

Faculty
Daniel Aukes

Members of the IDEAlab pioneer new manufacturing technologies to build dynamic, affordable, ultra-capable robots and embed analysis into the design process, to understand what will happen before a robot is built.

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Laboratory for Energy and Power Solutions (LEAPS)

Laboratory for Energy and Power Solutions (LEAPS)

Energy

Faculty
Nate Johnson

LEAPS creates technical and business solutions that facilitate the global transition to a resilient low-carbon economy. The cross-disciplinary team takes academic research through to prototyping and deployment for projects in energy access, grid modernization, microgrids, and critical infrastructure. The lab also has an extensive training and workforce development program. Facilities include a one-acre Microgrid Test Bed, simulation-based design studio, and mobile research and training equipment.

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Photovoltaic Reliability Laboratory

Photovoltaic Reliability Laboratory

Photovoltaic

Faculty
Kannan, Tamizhmani

The mission of ASU-PRL is to predict climate-specific and construction specific lifetime of PV modules based on actual field failure modes and mechanisms, accelerated lifetime testing (ALT), physics based models and statistical models.

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Robotics and Intelligent Systems Laboratory

Robotics and Intelligent Systems Laboratory

Robotics

Faculty
Wenlong Zhang

RISE Lab members work on control and learning of advanced robotic systems, including wearable assistive robots, robot manipulators, and unmanned aerial vehicles.

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Engineering Education Systems and Design Labs

STEAM Labs Center for K-12 Research and Engagement

STEAM Labs Center for K-12 Research and Engagement

Engineering Education Systems and Design

Faculty
Shawn Jordan

STEAM Labs promotes the integration of science, technology, engineering, math and the arts in education. STEAM Labs curriculum challenges middle and high school students to learn and apply the engineering design process to build chain-reaction machines.

 
 
 
SPACE Lab

SPACE Lab

Engineering Education Systems and Design

Faculty
Brooke Coley

The Shifting Perceptions, Attitudes and Cultures in Engineering (SPACE) Lab, aspires to elevate the experiences of marginalized populations, dismantle systemic injustices and transform the way inclusion is cultivated in engineering through the implementation of novel technologies and methodologies in engineering education.

 
 
 

Fulton Engineering Centers

Arizona Center for Algae Technology and Innovation (AzCATI)

Arizona Center for Algae Technology and Innovation (AzCATI)

Sustainability, Bioenergy, Bioproduction

Faculty
Taylor L. Weiss

Located on The Polytechnic campus, AzCATI is a multi-school research center which harnesses algae technology to produce renewable energy, food, feed and other valuable bioproducts, while performing environmental services (like wastewater treatment and carbon-capture) to support a more sustainable future for society. As a large-scale testbed facility built on public/private partnership, its core competencies are organized into three main platforms (research, education and training, and services) which support research projects for academic, national lab and commercial partners. Facilities include a four-acre outdoor greenhouse and testbed facility adjacent to 9000 square feet of advanced wet-lab space equipped with advanced analytical and biological instrumentation.

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Graphic Information Technology Labs

Device and Usability Learning Lab

Device and Usability Learning Lab

Student Workspace, Open Device Lab

Faculty
Christina Carrasquilla, Deborah Prewitt, Susan Squire

Brainstorm, design, develop and test your website and web apps in this state-of-the-art lab. Our device wall features over a dozen devices including smartphones, tablets, laptops, computers, a smart TV and wearables from Apple, Android, Kindle and Windows. It instantly populates all devices with your website or web app to facilitate testing. Interact with your website or web app instantly on multiple browsers and operating systems on our monitor wall which includes MAC OS, Windows and Linux systems running (where applicable) Internet Explorer, Opera, Safari, Chrome and Firefox. Or collaborate with your team using our whiteboard wall, markers and design stencils. Learning and research topics include user-centered design, user experience, usability testing, heuristic evaluation, accessibility testing, and click tracking analytics.

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GIT Commercial Photography Studio

GIT Commercial Photography Studio

Student Workspace, Open Device Lab

Faculty
Penny Dolin, Chad Westover

The GIT Commercial Photography Studio at ASU is located in the Technology Center on the Polytechnic campus. The studio is designed as a complete working professional photography studio with three shooting bays outfitted with state of the art digital cameras and lighting equipment. The Studio is available for hire for commercial shoots internally at ASU and for non-profits within the community. All shoots student-led.

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Make Media Lab

Make Media Lab

Student Workspace, Open Device Lab

The Make Media Lab is a student-run video and photo lab, with the purpose of assisting students, staff and faculty with ASU-related video and photo projects. This includes videos and photos for class projects, crowd-funding campaigns, and Innovation Showcase. The student staff can help you in the lab; additionally there is a limited selection of equipment that can be checked out. The lab also supports video courses offered through the Graphic Information Technology program. Current and past students can check out cameras, microphones, tripods and other equipment for class projects. The equipment is also used in the classes for students to learn on.

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Human Systems Engineering Labs

ADAPT Lab

ADAPT Lab

Human-Automation

Faculty
Erin Chiou

The Automation Design Advancing People and Technology (ADAPT) Lab focuses on human-automation interaction and technology design that improves productivity, quality, and safety in a variety of human work systems. Students will learn about what influences people’s behaviors with different types of computerized technology, and how to show that these patterns of interactions can lead to desirable (or undesirable) system outcomes.

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Applied Attention Research Lab

Applied Attention Research Lab

HSE - humans in complex systems

Faculty
Robert Gutzwiller

The AAR Lab is an applied human systems engineering lab. Members of the AAR Lab use human factors engineering, cognitive science, quantitative and cognitive psychology, applied research methods, and cognitive modeling to improve human interactive through rigorous engineering.

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Applied Psychonomics and Ecological Simulations (APES) Laboratory

Applied Psychonomics and Ecological Simulations (APES) Laboratory

Human Systems Engineering

Faculty
Vaughn Becker

Research interests of the APES Lab include social cognition, evolutionary psychology, emotions as modulators of cognition and behavior and agent based models of complex social systems.

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ASU Advanced Distributed Learning Partnership Lab

ASU Advanced Distributed Learning Partnership Lab

Human Systems Engineering

Faculty
Nancy Cooke, Scotty Craig

This lab is an official collaboration between the US Department of Defense and Arizona State University to improve the understanding, and implementation of distributed learning techniques into learning ecosystems. We seek to increase both the quality of online learning and communication between the academic and public learning ecosystems.Our goal is to increase the education and readiness for our stakeholders.

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Center for Human, Artificial Intelligence and Robot Teaming

Center for Human, Artificial Intelligence and Robot Teaming

Artificial Intelligence, Robotics

Faculty
Nancy Cooke

CHART members strive to develop and deploy technologies, tools and best practices for the composition, training, management and evaluation of human, AI and robot teams working together in support of national security. CHART falls under ASU’s Global Security Initiative and many CHART labs are housed in human systems engineering space on the Polytechnic Campus.

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CoBALT Lab

CoBALT Lab

Human Cognition, Learning Sciences

Faculty
Scotty Craig

The Cognitive –based Applied Learning Technology (CoBALT) lab conducts research at the interdisciplinary intersection of human cognition, learning sciences, and technology to provide research based training and learning solutions within applied settings.

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Cognitive Engineering Research on Team Tasks (CERTT) Laboratory

Cognitive Engineering Research on Team Tasks (CERTT) Laboratory

Human Cognition, Learning Sciences

Faculty
Nancy Cooke

Research is conducted on teams that include human, AI, and robotic teammates in complex task environments. This research provides an understanding of how to measure team cognition and make teamwork more effective.

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Perception and Action Lab (PAL)

Perception and Action Lab (PAL)

Human Cognition in Complex Motor Actions

Faculty
Rob Gray

The Perception & Action Lab (PAL) is focused on understanding how performers use perceptual-cognitive information to execute complex motor actions like those involved in aviation, sports and driving. Performance models are then used to develop novel training methods and technologies to speed skill acquisition and reduce human error. The lab includes flight, driving and sports task simulators.

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The Sustainable Learning and Adaptive Technology for Education Lab

The Sustainable Learning and Adaptive Technology for Education Lab

Human Systems Engineering

Faculty
Rod Roscoe

The SLATE Lab studies how computer-based tools can support effective learning processes and strategies. We are interested in how these tools can be designed or used to augment learning and create new ways to learn. SLATE Lab also participates in research and outreach for Human Systems Engineering education.

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Work spaces

Innovation Hub

Innovation Hub

Student Workspace

An entrepreneurial prototyping and collaboration space, the Innovation Hub is the place where students learn, make and launch new ideas. Constructed with walls made of dry-erase boards and outfitted with bright, comfortable furniture, the Innovation Hub is an innovation commons.

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Peralta Engineering Studios

Peralta Engineering Studios

Student Workspace

At the Peralta Engineering Studios, students will find a combination of shop and electronics tools that allow completion of projects in a timely manner. The studio houses many work spaces along with computers that have adequate software for engineering classes as well as extra monitors to view CAD models, PCB design, or programming. The Peralta Engineering Studio also has a mill and lathe for quick machining and a variety of hand tools, among other equipment. To get started here, grab a pair of safety glasses and start making!

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Print and Imaging Lab

Print and Imaging Lab

Graphic Design, Printing Needs

The Print and Imaging Lab (PIL) provides students with hands-on educational experience using the most advanced hardware and software in graphic design and printing. Students in the PIL prepare and publish commercial print and marketing collateral, books and manuals, signage, billboards and more.

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