At MSOE, undergraduate students spend an average of 600 hours in industry-standard laboratories learning how to apply theory to real world situations. There are more labs on campus than classrooms! Beginning in the freshman year, you’ll spend time in the labs with experienced faculty members (no teaching assistants) learning your specialty. Here is just a sampling of some of the labs on campus:
BioMolecular Engineering Laboratories
MSOE’s new, state-of-the-art BioMolecular Engineering (BioE) laboratory suite includes a Wet Biotechnology Lab, a Senior Design Lab, a Dry Instrumentation Lab and a BSL-II Cell Culture facility. The multi-million dollar laboratories were built with a generous personal gift from Drs. Robert and Patricia Kern.
The laboratories feature:
- Top-of-the-line equipment, including -20ºC and -80ºC freezers to store DNA, RNA and other biomolecules
- Storage cabinets with negative pressure that safely contain vapors
- Macro- and micro-centrifuges
- An autoclave that can steam- or dry-sterilize both liquids and glassware
- Data-input jacks and wireless hubs throughout all four laboratories
- A student lounge area for group meetings, projects and studying
Construction Science and Engineering Center
The Construction Science and Engineering Center promotes innovation in the building design and construction industries by conducting applied research in structural materials and systems as well as construction methods. With 2,100 square feet of floor space and a clear height of 36 feet, is dedicated to testing products for structural integrity and failure points, helping to determine marketability and safety. Specialized and adaptable structural testing systems can produce loads from 50 to 500,000 pounds on specimens up to 24 feet tall. The lab has multiple computerized data acquisition capabilities and an extensive array of transducers for measuring force, displacement and strain. Student activities in this laboratory ensure that MSOE graduates understand the physical realities of structural behavior and construction.
Gene Carter Apple Technologies Learning Suite
Located in the Rader School of Business, the Gene Carter Apple Technologies Learning Suite features iMac computers, iTouch mobile devices, iPads and Apple TV digital streaming technology. In addition, it features moveable tables and chairs to allow for small group collaboration. Thanks to Dr. Carter’s donation for the lab, a new mobile programming course featuring Apple’s iOS has been developed for software engineering students. Carter was vice president of sales and a member of the original Apple Computer Inc. management team from 1977 to 1984. Carter earned a degree in electronic communications technology from MSOE in 1960.
Johnson Controls Environmental Systems Laboratory
Johnson Controls, which employs many MSOE graduates, fully sponsors the Johnson Controls Environmental Systems Laboratory. It is used primarily by mechanical, industrial and architectural engineering majors from freshman to senior year. An “engineer’s playground,” this lab contains a variety of equipment including heating and cooling systems, boilers, robotics, CNC machines, a wind tunnel and other systems that students use to gain real-world experience.
Johnson Controls Software Development Laboratory
MSOE’s Software Engineering Development Laboratory is largely supported by a generous grant from Johnson Controls. This lab contains state of the art software accessible to all computer and software engineering students. Students utilize this lab to design products for companies like Johnson Controls. They work in teams to take over projects that have already been designed, improve them, and make them more advanced. CE/SE Senior Design cubicles are also housed in the back of the laboratory. Each design team is designated a space to design, develop and analyze their projects.
Ruehlow Nursing Complex
MSOE’s newest labs—the Ruehlow Nursing Complex—is a $3 million, 25,000 square-foot facility that is the new location for the School of Nursing classrooms, labs and faculty offices. The new space is nearly quadruple the size of the previous nursing labs, and will allow faculty to enhance the already innovative education experience that is the hallmark of an MSOE education. The new nursing experiential learning and simulation center includes:
The Ruehlow Nursing Complex features four simulated hospital rooms that are connected by a central nurses station, similar to a hospital intensive care unit. The rooms feature call lights for the patients, who are high fidelity manikins. The life-like manikins are driven by computer software that enables them to breathe, cough, talk or change conditions based on what nursing professors have programmed. Simulations provide students with opportunities to communicate with patients, respond to patient needs, and witness the consequences of their decision-making and clinical reasoning in a hospital-like setting.
A unique feature of the Ruehlow Nursing Complex is the direct linkage of two classrooms with two simulation rooms. Students learn theoretical concepts in class and can immediately turn to the back of the classroom where the opened wall allows them to apply what they have just learned to the care of a patient in the simulated hospital.
The four simulation rooms and their patients are:
- CC-131 Sim Junior Manikin
Students learn to provide nursing care for a pediatric patient in an acute care environment. This patient might have acute or chronic health conditions.
- CC-132 Laboring Mom Manikin
Students learn to provide nursing care for a woman with maternal health needs. This mother may be in labor or delivering her baby.
- CC-133 Simman Classic Manikin
Students learn to provide nursing care for adults with acute and chronic conditions.
- CC-134 Simman Essential
This patient has an acute illness, and also can be transported into the classroom for the purposes of teaching and learning.
In two other laboratories, students experience situations regarding invasive procedures and advanced patient care.
Health Assessment Labs
In two state-of-the-art laboratories, students learn health assessment skills and about active integration of pharmacology with medication administration. These skills prepare sophomores for their first clinical experience with real patients.
Home Care Lab
The home care lab is set up like a handicap accessible studio apartment. It includes a kitchen area, table and chairs, living room furniture, a large screen TV, washer, dryer, and spacious bathroom with shower. Students take turns playing the role of the patient and teaching one another how to maneuver within the home with an illness. Students also learn how to use adaptive devices such as wheelchairs, walkers and assistive devices within the home, and receive a simulation of what their patients experience.
The student area offers the opportunity to engage in collaborative learning as well as an environment in which to socialize and relax. In addition to comfortable furniture, there is a Mondopad, which is a touch screen TV that allows for student computer use as a display screen for group work. The student area also has a refrigerator, microwave and cabinets for storage of materials by the nursing student organizations.
The center is not limited to just nursing students. Biomedical engineering, mechanical engineering and industrial engineering students access the home care lab to test medical equipment and evaluate its technological fit and function in a patient’s home. Graduate students in MSOE’s perfusion program also access the simulation suite replicated as a hospital operating room.