Laboratory for Energy Smart Systems

The Laboratory for Energy Smart Systems (LESS) is a multidisciplinary research and resource program that brings together seasoned academic and industry experts in Distributed Energy Resources (DER) and Demand Side Management (DSM).

Manufacturing Automation Laboratory

This laboratory is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment in CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Manufacturing) and manufacturing automation systems.  It includes production type CNC milling machines, a CNC lathe equipped with force dynamometers and an acoustic emission sensor, a mini-CNC laser-micro machining station, an innovative sheet folding machine, an impact testing machine, an automated storage and retrieval system, a material handling carousel and a robot assembly work station.

Manufacturing Processing Laboratory

Basic machine tools such as turning, milling, drilling, grinding, welding and measuring machines are available to help the student become familiar with metal-processing operations.  The equipment is also used to perform laboratory experiments in heat treatment, tool life and chip formation assessments.

Microcomputer Laboratory

This lab is equipped with state-of-the-art PCs.  The lab has the latest simulation software such as ARENA, Matlab/Simulink, and optimization software LINDO, GINO, etc.  It has software for Quality Control, Plant Layout, Production Control, Statistical Analysis and text processing.  It also has CAD/CAM/CAE software including AutoCAD, SolidWorks, ABAQUS and FeatureCAM.  The laboratory is connected to a university-wide network and the internet.

Quality and Reliability Engineering Laboratory

This lab has been developed to allow the students to have hands on experience in actual methods for quality control and reliability engineering. A variety of software for control charts, sampling plans and design of experiments is available.  The laboratory has a wide array of metrology equipment such as digital calipers and micrometers, a roundness measurement equipment, surface profilometers and a coordinate measuring machine. It also has various materials testing equipment, a Rockwell hardness tester temperature chambers, vibration test stands, and failure analysis equipment such as voltage stressing equipment, and measuring microscopes.  LABVIEW and STATGRAPHICS software are available for student use.  

Human and Health Engineering Laboratory

The Human and Healthcare Engineering lab focuses on data analytics of human safety and health.   More specifically, we are working on the following three areas.

The first area is musculoskeletal system evaluation.  We have developed novel image-based methods for accurate characterization of skeletal kinematics for orthopedics and rehabilitation applications.    We have also develop novel approaches for field evaluation of joint stresses for  workplace safety applications. We are applying a wide spectrum of knowledge in orthopaedics, motion analysis, biomechanics, motor control, data fusion, and operations research to study human neuromusculoskeletal system and uncover the injury mechanisms

The second area is healthcare delivery system improvement.   The healthcare industry grows quickly in recent years.  Yet the healthcare delivery quality and efficiency have not been improved much.   We incorporate systems engineering and human factors approaches and conduct workflow analyses and redesign to optimize the roles and responsibilities of the population care coordinator, triage nurses, medical assistants, and front staff personnel, with the goal of improving the quality of care, care efficiency, and staff satisfaction by enabling each team member to practice.

The third area is human machine systems for healthcare, transportation, and energy applications.   We are currently developing intelligent human machine system systems for injury prevention/treatment, bio-manufacturing, transportation, robotics, and energy infrastructure monitoring by incorporating optimization, mechatronics, and human factors.