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Department of Technology

The Department of Technology is an academic unit within the school of Mathematics, Science, and Technology. It is housed in its own building, Dixon-Patterson Hall, with approximately 35000 square feet of space. Constructed in 1976 particularly, Dixon-Patterson Hall is suitable in overall design and space for technology related programs. All classrooms and laboratories are properly vented, air-conditioned and wired to the Internet hence meets goals and objectives of programs offered through the Department of Technology.

The laboratories in this building have been designed to help them develop professional knowledge of the dynamics of technology and also provide them with a perception of industrial management. The Department operates a large variety of computer equipment for use by its faculty, staff and student.

An extensive high-speed network connects computers and peripherals in the department to the campus data network and in turn to the Internet. The primary computer systems are Windows 7 based Dell Systems. The department operates approximately seventy computer systems. There are about sixty available for students’ use. The remaining computer stations are used by faculty for research.

The Department of Technology has six laboratories which are fully equipped with state-of-the-art computers labs. All of the computers are networked and connected to the Internet. The department has four lecture rooms equipped with SMART board, one lecture room with a sympodium and 25 HP mobile Tablet-PCs. These computer systems are available to students and faculty. In addition, department has video conferencing and teleconferencing equipment for faculty and student usage.

  1. Computer-Aided Drafting & Manufacturing Lab, Room 119, equipped with fourteen (14) Dell Precision 390 computer workstations, and fifteen (15) HP mobile Tablet-PCs.
  2. Mechanical Technology Lecture and Lab, Room 111 and 112, equipped with twelve (12) Dell Optiplex 960 desktop computers.
  3. Computer Networking lab, Room 220, equipped with 22 Dell Intel dual-core desktops and 20 HP mobile Tablet-PCs.
  4. Electronics and Microprocessors Lab, Room 229, equipped with ten (10) desktop computers, and 20 HP mobile Tablet-PCs.
  5. Electro-mechanical Control Lab, Room 221, equipped with eight (8) desktop computers.
  6. Virtual Computing Unit, Room 220, equipped with sixteen (16) high performance Blade workstations.

The Information Technology Center (ITC) at ECSU has video conferencing facility and computer equipped classrooms that offer seventy-two (72) computers for training. Also, the Library has forty four (44) computers that have access to the Internet. All these computers are also available to students and faculty.

Students, faculty and staff are provided with many electronic facilities for work and study. These facilities provide an environment that prepares students with real world experience and expertise relating to technology. The use of computers and other technology-based systems has increased significantly on our campus. Many classes require the use of email, Internet, and other tech-rich environments for class-related activities.

Most of the Technology Courses Engineering Technology courses utilize various computer hardware and software applications as an integral part of instruction which include:  problem-solving, simulation, computer-aided drafting, programming, computer networking, integrating the systems, presentation and word processing. The majority of student assignments require some form of computer use to complete the assignment, such as term papers, laboratory experiments, CAD/CAM designs, electronic circuit simulations, and project reports.

Following is a list of laboratory and computing facilities and the associated tools and equipment that support the instruction of Technology programs:

Computer & Electronics System Laboratories

The Computer and Electronics system laboratories have equipment for electronics and computer as well as electromechanical controls. Provided is a brief list of laboratory equipment.

Room Description Major Equipment
229 Electronics and Microcontrollers
Lab
(11) Electrical/Electronic test stations which include power supply, function generator, oscilloscope, analyzer, power board, multimeter and PC as well as electronics simulation software.
(2) Microprocessors/Microcontroller programmer station
(2) Soldering stations
221 Control Systems Lab National Instruments Hardware, myDAQ stations, myRIO, cDAQ units, and cRIO/sbRIO systems
225 Mobile Robotics Lab (3) ASUS Netbook
(4) iCreate Robot
(2) Finch

Mechanical and Automation Laboratories

The Mechanical and Manufacturing laboratories have equipment to incorporate hands-on experiments in Mechanical and Automation courses as listed below:

Room Description Major Equipment
111 Mechanical Systems Lab (1) Tinius Olsen Tensile Testing
Unit
(1) Interactive Strength Challenger
(1) Vico bench Pultruder
(1) Temperature Chamber
(1) Mechanical Systems Trainer
(1) Heat Exchanger
(1) Conduction Heat Transfer
(2) Hydraulic Trainers
(1) Pneumatic Trainers
(1) Laser Module
(1) High Temperature Furnace
(1) Fume Hood
(1) FaroArm
119 Computer-Aided Drafting & Manufacturing
Lab
(2) Plotter
(1) CNC Lathe
(1) CNC Mill
(2) Rapid Prototyping Unit
(1) Bandsaw Machine
(14) Computer workstations
221 Electromechanical Control Lab (10) Programmable Logic
Controllers (PLC)
(1) Microprocessor Interface Training unit
(2) LabVolt Electromechanical
control units
(3) Robotic workstations
(1) Heat Pump Trainer

Computer & Networking Laboratories

The Computer Networking laboratories include the following:

Room Description Major Equipment
218 PC Support Lab (22) Computers
(4) Servers
(1) Rack with 2 switches, network printer, and 2 computers.
220 Computer and
Networking
Lab
(22) Computer workstations/(20) Laptops
(20) Cisco Routers (2600/2800 series) and (20) Cisco Switches (2950/2960 series)
(1) NETLAB Remote Lab Set up
(3) CCNA Security Setup consisting of three (3) Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) 5505 series and nine (9) 1941 series routers.


Unmanned Vehicle Systems Lab:

The Unmanned Vehicle Systems laboratory consists of the following:

Room Description Major Equipment
115 UVS Lab (1)QBALL-X4 unmanned aerial vehicle - Quadcopter
(6) Optitrack camera-based localization system
(1) Data acquisition and ground control computer
(1) QBOT unmanned ground vehicle
(1) DraganFlyer X-4
(4) DaNI Mobile Robots

In addition, department has established a Virtual Computing Lab and acquired software licenses that include the following:

Room Description Major Equipment
220 Virtual Computing Lab (16) High performance HP Blade workstations, each with Quad processor, 8GB RAM, and 144 GB HDD
Software Licenses LabView Academic Licenses
that includes LabView and modules such as LabView-RT, LabVIEW FPGA, LabView Robotics, LabView Control Design and Simulation.
MATLAB
MULTISIM
SOLIDWORKS
PRO E Site License
GEOMAGIC

Faculty in the Department of Technology frequently reviews long and short term goals and develops required planning in securing funding for equipment and facilities.

In order to acquire latest resources for providing hands-on experiments in the curriculum, each faculty member is encouraged to identify funding agencies and write proposals. Consequently, the department has received funds from U.S. Department of Education- TITLE III, U.S. Department of Transportation, Department of Defense, and Hewlett Packard.