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Design Laboratory

(Directed by Dr. Sebastian Bawab)


The Design Laboratory is equipped for graduate student research. The work conducted in this lab focuses on design, analysis and stimulation. Computer analysis can determine the stresses, strains, structural integrity, and fatigue life of components and machinery. This information can then be used to optimize the mechanicals designs, increased safety margins, reduce weight, control vibrations, and extend component life.


The lab is also equipped with a Faro Arm 3D digitizer/modeler, which can scan an object and digitize its structure into a computer model for design analysis.


Classes and research supported:

Graduate research only



  • 8 PC's
  • 1 color laser printer
  • 1 full-size plotter
  • FARO arm 3d digitizer modeler
  • 3D printer for rapid prototyping



  • Solid Works
  • Cosmos
  • Patran/Nastran
  • MADYMO (Dynamic stimulation including FEA)
  • EastCrash
  • Hyperworks
  • FARO software
  • AutoCAD/Mechanical Desktop


Description of resources that can be accessed by industry:

  • General design and computer access




 Rapid Prototyping Machine with Computer