Facilities

The College maintains laboratories for conducting instruction in all of its program areas and for faculty research. Both undergraduate and graduate students are given the opportunity to participate in sponsored faculty research projects.

Facilities for conducting instruction and research include the following laboratories: energy conversion, mechanical measurement, system dynamics and control, air pollution, aerodynamics, water chemistry, structures and materials, soil mechanics, control systems, solid state electronics (device fabrication, material and device characterization, and materials growth), electrical machinery, integrated circuits, microwave circuits, electronic simulation, fluid-thermal sciences, computer engineering design, digital systems, microwave, communications and signal processing, energy systems network, and computing laboratories.

The Computer Learning and Design Center (CLDC), the School's centralized computing facility, provides the full spectrum of computer resources from high-end engineering-oriented workstations PCs and Macintoshes, housed in three labs. Peripherals include network system laser printers, color scanners, large format pen plotters and communication devices that facilitate transmission between the CLDC experimental labs and offices in the building, or beyond to the campus-wide network and to the Internet. Augmenting the CLDC are several special purpose computer labs including a multimedia center, a CAM lab with computer-controlled robot systems and a virtual classroom for distance learning. Derrick Lloyd, Network Engineer: gumbie@cldc.howard.edu or call (202) 806-6620. To reach the lab directly, call (202) 806-6621.

CLIDE (Civil and Mechanical Engineering Computer Laboratory for Instruction and Design in Engineering) consists of a local area network of 20 high-performance engineering work stations with two processors, DOS, OS/2, and IBM AIX (UNIX) platforms, high-resolution color monitors, laser printers, small and large plotters, a computer-linked video projector, as well as many engineering application software and programming languages have made this lab very popular for engineering projects, report writing/publishing and instruction. The Lab is equipped for group instruction with a computer-linked projection screen.

The Software Development Lab is an instructional lab maintained by the Department of Systems and Computer Science, is equipped with two Hewlett-Packard 9000/800 F20 Business Servers, thirteen HP 700RX X-Windows terminals, two AT&T 6386SX/EL WGS computers, one dot-matrix and one laser printer. Compilers are available for C++, ANSI C and Pascal. These computers are networked using ETHERNET< Starlan and TCP/IP. One non-networked HP Vectra 486/33 ST computer with a Borland C++ compiler is also available. Usenet news, Netscape, Archie, Lynx, Mosaic, Gopher, ftp and telnet are available tools for accessing information on the Internet.

The Environmental Engineering Group within the School of Engineering and Computer Science has over 4,000 square feet of laboratory space available for experimental research. This space is divided into work stations for students to conduct experiments and into dedicated microbiology, incineration and instrumentation laboratories.

The microbiology laboratory contains the necessary equipment for isolating and identifying microorganisms.

The incineration laboratory is equipped with a Shirco Infrared Incinerator equipped with sampling trains for volatile and nonvolatile chemicals and a bench scale fluidized bed combustor.

Major pieces of analytical equipment in the Instrumentation Laboratory include: Perkin Elmer 403 and 3030 atomic absorption spectrophotometers; Milton Roy Spectronic 601; Waters 840 High-Pressure Liquid Chromatograph (HPLC); HP 1050A Series Liquid Chromatograph; Dionex Quaternary Gradient Ion Chromatograph; Hewlett Packard 5971A Gas Chromatograph/Mass Spectrometer; and Liquid Chromatograph/Mass Spectrometer. In addition, several gas chromatographs (some equipped with sample concentrators) are located in work station areas and are dedicated to specific projects.

The membrane technology laboratory is equipped with a UV/V is spectrophotometer and several bench-scale membrane systems. Additional resources are also available in the departments of Chemistry, Biology and Botany.

Library Resources

Consortium of Universities

Howard is a member of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area. The other members are American University, Catholic University of America, Gallaudet College, George Washington University, Georgetown University, Mount Vernon College, Trinity College, University of the District of Columbia, and the University of Maryland (College Park). Students of member schools may take courses at the other schools by registering and paying tuition at their own institution. In addition to common course offerings, the member schools also permit students access to their libraries. Howard students must obtain approval from their department chairperson and dean before registering for courses at other schools under the consortium arrangement. Registration forms are available from the Office of Enrollment Management.

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