Electrical Engineering Labs

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Integrated Circuits Engineering (ICE) Laboratory

With funding from the Keck Foundation, an Integrated Circuit Engineering laboratory was established in 1994 with state-of-the-art computer-aided design tools, computer platforms and their peripherals for the design of Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI) circuits.The ICE lab is used by junior Signal Processing and Electronics track electrical engineering students taking the VLSI design course. It features twelve workstations running the CentOS distribution of Linux intended primarily for use with Cadence, HSpice, Agilix, and other circuit and IC design software.


Usually written μLab or uLab, the microLab is an electrical engineering computer lab used by sophomores and juniors. It is a general-purpose facility for completing group assignments and for working on computer-related projects. Continuing Education classes as well as some graduate courses are taught in this facility. Among the resources available:

  • 11 Dual Boot computers running Windows 10/Debian distribution of Linux for research, Matlab, etc.
  • Workbenches and laptop stations for student use

The μLab also houses most of the server and network hardware for the EE department; the μLab staff is responsible for maintenance of the network, technical aspects of the website, and hardware maintenance in the μLab, ICE Lab, Junior Lab, and Comm Lab (S*ProCom2).

One of the focuses of the μLab is encouraging independent student projects in electrical and computing engineering, as no other facility currently supports such endeavors.  Examples of the successful projects constructed or under construction in the μLab include the aforementioned audio setup, and sms-controlled doorlock restricting access to the network hardware and server room, and a distributed computing cluster currently used for experimenting with self-evolving neural networks.

The Center for Signal Processing, Communications and Computer Engineering Research (S*ProCom²)

S*ProCom² is a research center at The Cooper Union dedicated to cutting edge research in Signal Processing, Communications, and Computer Engineering. The center offers undergraduates the opportunity to conduct full-scale research projects that reflect the complexity and rigor of their education at Cooper. Many of these projects are continued at the graduate level.


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