Labs & Student Projects

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Civil & Environmental Engineering


Computational Engineering Lab

This lab uses computational approaches to simulate physical events and the behavior of materials and engineering structures including analysis of fluid-structure interaction, seismic soil-structure interaction and fracture in concrete structures, plus the application of artificial neural networking.


Environmental Engineering Lab

In this lab, engineers can analyze physical, chemical, and biological parameter in water/soil and provides research on groundwater, surface water, wastewater and hazardous waste treatment processes.


Hydraulics Lab

In the Hydraulics Lab there are experiments on water flows in channels and ocean wave propagations and measurements plus uses mathematics and computers to simulate hurricane-generated storm surges and earthquake-generated tsunamis in Hawaii's coastal waters.


Structural Engineering Lab

The Structural Engineering Lab is used to perform various structural tests using equipment ranging from a 60 foot by 20 foot "strong floor" to a hydraulic servo-controlled 300,000 lb four-post test frame plus evaluates materials testing of steel and concrete specimens and the effects of earthquakes on buildings.



Electrical Engineering


Digital Media Lab

The Digital Media Lab provides a hardware and software environment for the acquisition, representation, and analysis of digital audio, image and video data plus supports seismic and medical imaging.


Laboratory of Intelligent and Parallel Systems

The Laboratory of Intelligent and Parallel Systems (LIPS) includes a broad range of advanced research and development activity in the engineering of software, systems and applications using parallel computing and distributed networking.


Laser Communications Lab

The Laser Communications Lab explores advanced research in optics and lasers for communications and remote sensing including the areas of free-space communications, wavelength division multiplexing and optical sensory applications.


Micromouse

Micromouse is an undergraduate robotics activity involving students at all levels. The Micromouse team designs and builds an autonomous robot for the annual Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Spring Micromouse Competition.



Mechanical Engineering


Composite Manufacturing Lab

Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) is utilized in this laboratory to manufacture advanced materials such as lightweight, high-strength and stiffness polymer and ceramic-based composite materials.


Corrosion Lab

The Corrosion Lab supports the Pacific Rim Corrosion Research Program that evaluates ways to reduce the costs of corrosion in materials as well as experiments with metal-matrix composites, ceramic or polymer-matrix composites plus develops coatings for corrosion resistance and evaluates corrosion of advanced electronics especially micro-electromechanical systems.


Human Powered Vehicle (HPV)

Human Powered Vehicles (HPV) are aerodynamic, highly-engineered vehicles. In the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) HPV competition, vehicles are judged on design, safety, and performance. In 1995 and 1997, mechanical engineering students from the University of Hawaii brought home National HPV Championships.


Mini Baja

The Mini Baja is an undergraduate student team project to design, construct, and test an actual vehicle with off-road capabilities. The students who work on this project compete in the annual Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Mini Baja Competition which involves hundreds of universities from the United States and a few school from around the world.



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