macLAB - McMaster Engineering Society (MES

By: Mcmaster Engineering Society  09-12-2011

Look around JHE, ITB, and HSC for macLAB tags on equipment and doors where equipment is stored!

2010 - This year's macLAB Board of Directors approved nine projects for funding, totalling approximately $46,500:

  • CAS - Autonomous Vehicle Competition Platform: $3,528
  • Chemical - Membrane Gas Separation Experiment: $4,700
  • Civil - Computer Cluster: $5,520
  • Engineering Physics - 4L04 Lab Upgrade: $5,000
  • Engineering Physics - 2H04 Lab Upgrade: $2,524
  • ECE - Labvolt RF Transmission Lines Module: $5,176.53
  • Mechanical - Rapid Prototyping Machine: $17,000
  • Eng 1 - Classroom Management Software: $1,592.05
  • Eng 1 - Thin Client Computers: $1,442.98

2009 - This year's macLAB Board of Directors approved nine projects for funding, totaling $54,000:

  • CAS- Mixed Signal Osillation Labs - $4372
  • CAS- Pacemaker - $8580
  • Civil - Advanced Total Station Systems for Surveying - $6,000
  • ECE - Labvolt RF Transimission Lines Module - $3451
  • ECE - Labvolt Fibre Optics Communications Module - $1148
  • Mech Eng - Computer Lab - $14766
  • MASE - Microprcessor Controlled Precision Cutting System - $13621
  • Clubs - Tube Bender Die Set - $1155
  • First Year - Prototyping Cabinets - $907

2008 – The committee disbursed $52,618 for 9 projects in 2008 to 8 departments and 1 special project:

  • Mechatronics Student Lab (CAS - $5,000)
  • Data Acquisition and Control Project (Chemical - $5,019)
  • Gyratory Compactor for SuperPav Technology (Civil - $12,000)
  • 3BA3/3BB3 Electronics Lab Upgrade (Engineering Physics - $3,285)
  • Advanced Flowmeter Laboratory (Engineering Physics - $9,604)
  • 4U04 OE Fast Fourier Transform Lab Upgrade (Engineering Physics - $1,375)
  • Labvolt Electromagnetism Trainers (ECE - $5,376)
  • Project Shop CNC Mill Controller Upgrade (Mechanical - $10,159)
  • IEEE Electronic Laboratory Upgrade (Special Project - $800)
  • ETB (Engineering Technology Building)

2007 - The committee disbursed $52,898 for 9 projects in 2007 to all departments:

  • Coriolis Flow Meter (Engineering Physics- $8,023)
  • Plasma Cutter for Project Shops (Mechanical - $2,515)
  • TotalStation and Surveying Equipment (Civil - $8,261)
  • 32 Computers for ITB/235 (CAS - $10,000)
  • Materials 3T04 Lab Upgrades (Materials - $6,600)
  • EE 4B04 Lab Upgrades (Bio-Engineering - $5,990)
  • Labvolt Electromagnetism Trainer (ECE - $5,035)
  • Process Control Lab Upgrades (Chemical - $4,548)
  • Laptop, Carts for Eng 1D04 (First Year – Special Project - $1,924)

2006 - The committee disbursed $93,000 for projects in 2006 to eight departments.

  • 2E04 Lab Expansion (Engineering Physics)
  • 3B06 Electronics Lab (Engineering Physics) (*Partial Funding)
  • 3-D Printer (Mechanical)
  • Altera Development Boards (Electrical and Computer)
  • Chemical Engineering Lab Upgrades (Chemical)
  • Environmental Lab Equipment (Civil)
  • Expansion of MATLS 3T04 Lab (Materials)
  • Laptop (Engineering & Society) (*Partial Funding)
  • Laptop and LCD Unit (Engineering I)
  • Magnetism/Electromagnetism Training System (Electrical and Computer)
  • Mobile Robots (Computer and Software)
  • Radiation Detection Equipment (Engineering Physics)

2005 - The committee disbursed $18,000 for projects in 2005 to five departments.

  • DC Motor Control System (Mechanical & Software)
  • Photonics Synthesis & Design Materials (Engineering Physics)
  • Respirometry Equipment (Chemical / Bio-Engineering)
  • Oscilloscopes & Function Generators (Electrical & Computer)
  • Lab Computer, Laptop, and LCD Projector for Student Projects (Civil)

2004 - The committee disbursed $15,000 for projects in 2004 to three departments and a special project (*).

  • Data Acquisition Lab Upgrade (Electrical & Computer)
  • Strain Gauge Amplifiers (Mechanical)
  • Platform Weight Scale (Civil)
  • Wi-Fi Network in Engineering Lounge (*Special Project)

2003 - The committee disbursed $15,000 for projects in 2003 to four departments.

  • Membrane Refrigeration Lab (Chemical)
  • Surveying Equipment (Civil)
  • AIBO Robot (Software)
  • Ultrasonic Lab Upgrade (Engineering Physics)

2002 - The committee disbursed $16,500 for projects in 2002 to four departments.

  • Function Generators x2 (Electrical & Computer)
  • Digital Multimeters (Electrical & Computer)
  • Membrane Separation Lab Upgrade (Chemical)
  • Nuclear Spectroscopy Electronics (Engineering Physics)
  • Digital Camera/Imaging System (Materials)

2001 - The committee disbursed $15,000 for projects in 2001 to five departments.

  • Scope Modules (Electrical & Computer)
  • Scope Modules - Part 2 (Electrical & Computer)
  • Controls Lab (Software)
  • Electronic Materials (Engineering Physics)
  • Engineering Consolidation Apparatus (Civil)
  • Video Projector (Engineering I)

2000 - The committee disbursed $20,000 for projects in 2000 to six departments.

  • 3 Phase Rectifier with host PC & Microcontroller interface. (Electrical & Computer Engineering)
  • Software Design program for Intelligent Highways, to build and test a scale model of a 'smart' highway system for autonomous cars. (Computing & Software Engineering)
  • Electronic Balance for undergraduate laboratory experiments. (Materials)
  • Digital oscilloscope with at least 200 MHZ bandwidth as part of a new laboratory experiment related to optical communications, with the capacity to explore the limitations of current fiber technology. (Engineering Physics)
  • Upgrades to undergraduate laboratories in three geotechnical courses by adding an automated data acquisition system to automate their tri-axial machine (2 load cells). (Civil)
  • Personal Computers for their student computer laboratory. (Chemical)

1999 -The committee disbursed $26,000 for projects in 1999 to five Engineering Departments.

  • Oscilloscopes and Function Generators. (Electrical & Computer)
  • Personal computers for their student computer laboratory. (Chemical)
  • Upgrade computer and network system for their Technology Skills Enhancement Facility. (Civil)
  • Received partial funding towards the construction of a facility for airfoil experimentation. (Mechanical)
  • Electricity & Magnetism Laboratory upgraded with two new oscilloscopes. (Engineering Physics)

1998 - The committee disbursed $9,300 for projects in 1998 to four Engineering Departments.

  • Materials Grinding and Polishing Facility (Materials)
  • Technology Skills Facility Enhancement (Civil)
  • Chemical Engineering Process Simulation Software (Chemical)
  • Bulge Test Computer Purchase (Mechanical)
The information in this article was current at 06 Dec 2011


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