Faculty of Engineering

    Introduction

    Laboratory experiments are fundamental to the programs offered in the Faculty of Engineering. They not only provide a vital means for implementing the stated programs’ objectives, but support a keen commitment to equally enhance the theoretical education with a world-class applied education.

    The Faculty of Engineering encompasses 12 state-of-the-art laboratory facilities distributed over more than 1000 m2. These laboratories are compatible with world standards and furnish students with the needed tools to hone their applied skills in the various areas of their studies.

    • Quantitative Medical Physiology Laboratory (QMPL)
    • Biomedical Instrumentation & Controls Laboratory (BICL)
    • Biomechanics/Biomaterials & Human Performance Laboratory (BBHPL)
    • Communication Systems Laboratory (COMSYSLAB)
    • Control and Industrial Automation Laboratory (CIAL)
    • Digital and Microprocessors Laboratory (DML)
    • Circuits Analysis and Electronics Laboratory (CAEL)
    • LabVIEW Facility (LabVIEW)
    • Senior Capstone Project Laboratory (SCPL)
    • Engineering Workshop
    • Computing Facilities and Computer Networks/Hardware Laboratories
    • Innovation Center

     

    Quantitative Medical Physiology Laboratory

    The Quantitative Medical Physiology Laboratory (QMPL), in the Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) at the American University of Science & Technology (AUST), serves to enrich students, enrolled in the BME program and other allied programs, with comprehensive education in Medical Physiology and Anatomy. The QMPL is equipped with state-of-the-art gears ranging from anatomical charts, medical textbooks, multi-media packages, and physiological models to clinical and medical monitoring and diagnostic instruments. This fact makes this laboratory compatible with the zenith of today’s programs in BME world-wide. The QMPL is designed around the fundamentals of the 11 major physiological organ systems of the human body, namely: integumentary, endocrine, lymphatic, digestive, urinary, reproductive, circulatory, respiratory, nervous, skeletal, and muscular. The QMPL is also prepared to allow the study of various aspects of physiology in higher animals.

    The Quantitative Medical Physiology Laboratory is also designed to accommodate 15 students at any one time in addition to the laboratory instructor and assistant. The QMPL has a dedicated and a secured space of about 60 m2.

    Biomedical Instrumentation and Controls Laboratory

    The Biomedical Instrumentation & Controls Laboratory (BICL) in the Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) at the American University of Science & Technology (AUST) serves to enrich students enrolled in the BME program with comprehensive education in the study of the basic principles of biomedical electronics, measurements, and controls. Emphasis is on the operational performance and selection of transducers, instruments, and systems for biomedical data acquisition and processing. Selected laboratory work accentuates the measurements of specific physiological events.

    The BICL is a comprehensive facility which is equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentation in a manner that makes it compatible with the zenith of today’s programs in BME world-wide. Furthermore, the BICL, together with other laboratories in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, provides the university with a window to research and development in the field of Biomedical Engineering. The main vision behind such a facility is to properly escort modernization and technological advances through the identification of problems facing human health, and providing effective solutions to the identified problem areas through sound application of engineering and scientific principles and methodologies.

    The Biomedical Instrumentation & Controls Laboratory consists of an amalgamation of rudiments ranging from passive and active circuit elements, solid-state devices, integrated circuits, instrumentation amplifiers, microcontrollers, transducers and biosensors, to clinical and laboratory instruments, such as power supplies, multi-meters, signal generators, oscilloscopes, spectrum analyzers, safety analyzers and medical diagnostic and monitoring equipment. The BICL is also designed to accommodate 18 students at any one time in addition to the laboratory instructor and assistant. The BICL has a dedicated and a secured space of about 65 m2.

    Biomechanics/Biomaterials and Human Performance Laboratory

    The aim of the Biomechanics/Biomaterials & Human Performance Laboratory (BBHPL) in the Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) at the American University of Science & Technology (AUST) is to be a leader in research that is related to neuromusculoskeletal questions. These questions range from the micro- to the macroscopic level, from the normal population to the high performance athlete, and they are dealt with through an integrative multidisciplinary approach. The disciplines represented in the BBHPL include Biomedical Engineering, Biomechanics, Biomaterials, Biochemistry, Biology, Exercise Physiology, Medicine and Neuro-Motor Control. At the educational level, the BBHPL serves to enrich students enrolled in the BME program and other allied programs, specifically at the graduate level, with comprehensive education in Biomechanics, Biomaterials, Human Motion Analysis, and Exercise Physiology.

    The BBHPL is a state-of-the-art facility equipped with high-tech gears in a manner that makes it compatible with the zenith of today’s academic and research programs in BME world-wide. Furthermore, the BBHPL, together with other laboratories in the Faculty of Engineering provides the university with a window to research and development in the field of Biomedical Engineering. The main vision behind such a facility is to properly escort modernization and technological advances through the identification of problems facing human health, and provide strategic solutions to the identified problem areas through sound application of scientific principles and methodologies.

    The Biomechanics/Biomaterials & Human Performance Laboratory consists of an amalgamation of rudiments which include: plantar pressure measurement, gait analysis, measurement of energy expenditure, microscopy, study of cellular, tissue, and joint mechanics, study of material strengths and properties, exercise physiology, human performance, etc. The BBHPL is also designed to accommodate 20 students at any one time in addition to the laboratory instructor and assistant. The BBHPL has a dedicated and a secured space of about 120 m2.

    Communication Systems Laboratory

    In the Communication Systems Laboratory (COMSYSLAB), a student is trained in all aspects related to analog and digital communications using trainers and building systems.

    The COMSYSLAB is designed to accommodate 18 students at any one time in addition to the laboratory instructor and assistant. This laboratory has a dedicated and a secured space of about 65 m2.

    Control and Industrial Automation Laboratory

    The main purpose of the Control and Industrial Automation Laboratory (CIAL) is to train students in the modeling and control of different physical dynamic systems that are typical cases of domestic, industrial and research environments.

    The CIAL is integrated within the Biomedical Instrumentation & Controls Laboratory (BICL) discussed earlier. It is designed to accommodate 18 students at any one time in addition to the laboratory instructor and assistant. The CIAL has a dedicated and a secured space of about 65 m2.

    Digital and Microprocessor Laboratory

    The Digital and Microprocessor Laboratory (DML) is equipped with state-of-the-art digital equipment suitable to realize experiments and training for a variety of courses that extend from digital and logic design into microprocessor systems and computer architecture.

    Circuits Analysis and Electronics Laboratory

    In the Circuits Analysis and Electronics Laboratory (CAEL), the student experiments the very basic laws of electricity and gets acquainted with all electronic and electric devices and measurement instruments. The student also acquires soldering skills and PCB design methodology to be capable of building electronic circuits with discrete components and integrated circuits. Moreover, training kits and modules are used to enhance the student’s abilities and skills.

    The CAEL is partially integrated within the Biomedical Instrumentation & Controls Laboratory (BICL) discussed earlier. It is designed to accommodate 18 students at any one time in addition to the laboratory instructor and assistant. The CAEL has a dedicated and a secured space of about 65 m2.

    LabVIEW Facility

    The LabVIEW Facility (LabVIEW) is a dedicated computer facility licensed by National Instruments (Austin, TX, USA) via an NI Academic Site License with Department Teaching Maintenance. It provides the BME, CCE, MTE, CSI, and ICT students with the ability to perform a plethora of LabVIEW-based projects in a dedicated space of about 50 m2.

    Senior Capstone Project Laboratory

    The Senior Capstone Project Laboratory (SCPL) provides the student with space to perform their senior capstone projects. The SCPL is split into two spaces with a total dedicated space of about 100 m2.

    The SCPL located next to building G, is an atelier equipped with a lathe and milling machine, welding equipment, and heavy tools, wrenches, compressors, pumps as well as a few computers and other equipment.

    Engineering Workshop

    The Workshop is facility that provides the student with necessary space and tools to perform various projects. It provides a space of about 50 m2.

    Computing Facilities and Computer Networks/Hardware Laboratories

    AUST’s modern Computing and Computer Networks/Hardware Laboratories offer high-end Macintosh, Windows, Linux, Android, iOS, and Windows Mobile based equipment. Each laboratory capacity ranges from 20 to 46 workstations, and locations are distributed throughout the campus. Most of these labs are open daily, from early morning until late at night.

    These Lab facilities provide an extensive High-Tech suite and a secure work environment for faculty, staff, and students. Instructors can request to have some software/hardware installed in the labs for course use, and can reserve instructional labs for teaching. The instructional labs provide faculty with fully configured computer facilities to deliver an advanced, hands-on learning environment for students.

    Typical existing Software/Hardware packages include:

    • Desktop/Server Operating Systems: Windows, Macintosh, Linux
    • Mobile/Smart Phones Operating Systems: Android, iOS, Windows Mobile
    • Programming Software/Environment: Java, C++, Visual Studio, Eclipse, LabVIEW, Oracle, SQL Server, MySQL, Silverlight, iOS Platform/ Xcode IDE, Google Android Development Kit for Eclipse
    • Computer Networks Software: Packet Tracer, Websphere, GlassFish, IANA, TCPdump
    • Computer Networks Equipment: Cables, Network Cards, Modems, Routers, Switches
    • Computer Hardware Equipment: Processors, Motherboards, I/O Peripherals, VSAT
    • Browsers: Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari
    • Design Collection: Acrobat Pro, Acrobat Reader, After Effects, Dreamweaver, Final Cut Studio, Fireworks, Flash Player, Illustrator, InDesign, MAYA, Photoshop, Premier, AVID, Movie Maker
    • AutoDesk: 3DS Max Design, AutoCAD
    • Math and Statistics: MATLAB, SPSS Statistics
    • Others: Office, ArcGIS, QuickTime Player, RealPlayer, iTunes, Media Player


    Moreover, AUST campus benefits from a high-speed wireless Internet resources to faculty, students, and staff at no cost. All classrooms are also equipped with LCD projectors along with a PC and internet connection.

    Innovation Center

    The ‘Innovation Center’ is a highly-equipped computer laboratory for AUST students and alumni who want to start tech companies, and where no business plan is required. The interested party has only to bring his/her creative idea and the team, mix it up with the departmental mentorship and human resources capabilities, and as such, the user is running a startup, Silicon Valley style!

    The Innovation Center is equipped with Apple desktops, tablets, and mobile devices. Entrepreneur students can also benefit from all on-campus facilities at no additional cost.







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