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Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Department Faculty

MAEDesign Laboratory

Directed by: Sebastian Bawab

The Design Laboratory is equipped for underaduate teaching, research and 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 main function of this laboratory has been to support senior undergraduate students who work on senior capstone design projects and graduate students. Projects in need of software applications are typically hosted in this laboratory. The laboratory has six computers and a Linux server. The Linux server is available to senior students working on their capstone project. Student project websites and archived documents for the capstone projects are hosted and available for access to students 24/7. In addition, the laboratory hosts a FARO Platinum arm, and a StrataSys 3D printer. The Faro Arm 3D digitizer/modeler can scan an object and digitize its structure into a computer model for design analysis.

Classes and research supported:

Undergraduate senior design projects (MAE 434W and 435) and graduate research projects.


  • 6 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

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