The University of Utah Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is excited about our integrated system-level design lab curriculum. Throughout your time at the U, you will build several different electrical projects in your labs. This project is sponsored by a $1M grant from the National Science Foundation, Project # 0431958.


Research Labs and Facilities

The following research centers and facilities are housed in or affiliated with the ECE Department at the University of Utah.

Lab NameResearch Topics and DescriptionWebsite
Communications, Image Processing, and Signal Processing
Digital Signal Processing (DSP) GroupAdaptive filters, signal processing for communications, nonlinear signal processing, biomedical signal processing, and audio signal processing.DSP Lab website
MIMO/CDMA DetectionMIMO/CDMA detection strategies, filter bank-based multicarrier modulation, filter bank multitone for cognitive radio, and wireless CDMA ad-hoc networks.Behrouz Farhang-Boroujeny’s lab website
Scientific Computing and Imaging (SCI) InstituteThe SCI Institute is an international research leader in the areas of scientific computing, visualization, and image analysis. We focus on solving important problems in biomedicine, science, and engineering using computation.SCI Institute website
Sensing and Processing Across Networks (SPAN)The SPAN lab is developing inventions for wireless networks which improve their security, reliability, self-awareness, and sensing capabilities. Research applies statistical signal processing, networking, and radio propagation techniques.SPAN website
Computer Engineering and VLSI System Design
Asynchronous Circuit Design LabModeling and analysis of biological networks and system-level timing analysis and verification.Myers Research Group
Center for High Performance Computing (CHPC)The CHPC provides large-scale computer systems, networking, and the expertise to optimize the use of these high-end technologies.CHPC Website
Digital VLSI SystemsAutomated synthesis and optimization, validation and verification of digital VLSI systems.Priyank Kalla’s Research Group
VLSI GroupVLSI, asynchronous circuit design and architecture, timing analysis, and formal verification.Ken Stevens’ Research Group
Control Systems and Power Engineering
Power Engineering and Automation Research Lab (PEARL)Developing a low-cost high-efficiency battery management system for vehicular applications. Modeling, identification and control, with an emphasis on adaptive control. Applications to aerospace and electromechanical systems.PEARL Research Group
Micro- and Nano-Device Fabrication, Semiconductors, and MEMS
Advanced Metrology and Micro-Device Applications (AMANDA)Non-volatile memory devices, microfluidics, microwave technologies for nanometrology, MEMS and NEMS, molecular electronics, and novel electronic materials (carbon nanotubes, and nano-particles) and devices.AMANDA Lab
Lab for Optical Nanotechnologies (LONS)Extending the spatial resolution of optics to the nanoscale, and applications of optics in energy.Menon Group
The University of Utah MRSECThe University of Utah MRSEC fosters interdisciplinary research on new materials in two Interdisciplinary Research Groups (IRGs) entitled “Plasmonic Metamaterials from the Terahertz to the Ultraviolet” and “Organic Spintronics.”The University of Utah MRSEC
Microsystems LabLeading the way towards next generation microsensors, micro-actuators, materials and fabrication technologies. Our core focus lies on harsh environment MEMS (i.e. operation of MEMS at high temperatures and in aggressive gas and fluid media), which constitute 90% of future MEMS applications (e.g. in the automotive and biomedical sector).Microsystems Lab
NanofabThe Nanofab Labs include research manufacturing for faculty, micro and nano fabrication for local engineering industry, and teaching labs and equipment for students. The Lab covers a huge breadth of individual and interdisciplinary research areas in engineering, medicine, and computing.Nanofab Online
Semiconductors and Photovoltaic Materials LabResearch in thin film solar cells and photovoltaic applications.Scarpulla Research Group
Wireless Microsystems LabDevelops sensors, actuators, interface and telemetry circuits, micro-power generation, and microsystem packaging technologies for wireless sensing, biomedical implant, RF communication, and industrial applications.Wireless Microsystems
Microwaves, Electromagnetics, and Antenna Design
Anechoic ChamberThe Anechoic chamber is a laboratory room shielded from electromagnetic signals. Reflections from inside the chamber are greatly minimized or virtually not present. Outside RF signals are also blocked from entering the room.Anechoic Chamber
Microwaves and Electromagnetics LabsFacilities in these laboratories include the network analysis laboratory, the indoor antenna range and dielectric properties measurement facilities.Microwave Lab
Intermittent Electrical Fault Detection
Antenna Design
Sea Ice
Optics and Optoelectronics
Lab for Optical Nanotechnologies (LONS)Extending the spatial resolution of optics to the nanoscale, and applications of optics in energy.Menon Group
Photonics Research LabsOur research focuses on the application and integration of biophotonics, micro/nanophotonics, microfluidics, and nonlinear optics.Photonics Group



Laboratory experience is a vital part of an electrical engineering student’s education. The department has received several significant grants from the state of Utah and private industry for acquiring instructional laboratory equipment. Consequently, our laboratories are equipped to meet or exceed the needs of our students.

These laboratory facilities, provide an imaginative and exciting complement to classroom instruction. The laboratories described below illustrate our excellent facilities.

Analog Lab

Lab website – Equipment tutorials and documentation
MEB 2365: For classes in analog devices and circuits, and control systems.

Digital/Systems Lab

Lab website – Equipment tutorials and documentation
MEB 2265: For classes in digital devices and circuits, and embedded system development.

Microwave Devices Lab

Lab website – Equipment tutorials and documentation
MEB 2275: For classes in microwave device design and characterization, microstripline circuits, and microwave circuit analysis.

ECE Computer Lab

MEB 2555: For classes with Matlab, Digital Signal Processing(DSP), and Communications. This lab is also open to ECE students for general computing needs.

Anechoic chamber

Lab website – Equipment tutorials and documentation
Lab website – Equipment Resources and Tutorials
MEB 2420: For classes in Electromagnetics and Antennas.

Student/TA Study Room

MEB 2350: For all ECE Engineering Students/TA to have an area to study and relax.