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Celebrating 100 Years of Excellence in Engineering Education and Research

University of Dayton Bridges the Gap between Classroom and Research Labs Using Keysight Test Equipment 

The University of Dayton has come a long way from the purchase of Dewberry Farm in 1850. Now celebrating its 100-year anniversary, the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at the University of Dayton is enjoying their beautifully renovated 5-story Kettering laboratories, and with the help of Keysight Technologies, setting a high standard for both classroom education and advanced research.

ECE Classroom Leadership

The University of Dayton’s (UD) undergraduate ECE program touts 5 fully functional laboratories that would be the envy of any engineering program. Each lab supports a specific course including: Circuits and Devices, Electrical Systems, Digital Systems, Communications, and Robotics.

The UD labs are equipped with the latest test and measurement equipment from Keysight. The Digital Systems lab, for example, features Keysight oscilloscopes, logic analyzers, arbitrary function generators, power supplies, and multi-meters. UD was one of the first Keysight customers to purchase the Keysight Series 2000/3000 MSO oscilloscopes when they were introduced in 2011 and were installed in the Communications lab. UD also has a full suite of Keysight EEsof EDA software available to their ECE students.

“Visitors to our laboratories see right away that we have a strong partnership with Keysight,” states Dr. Guru Subramanyam, Professor and Chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineer Department. His colleague, Dr. John Loomis, an Associate Professor in the ECE department adds, “We’ve used Keysight equipment (and Hewlett-Packard before Keysight was spun off in 1999) for as long as I can remember.”

Not surprisingly, this is a popular place for UD ECE students. Approximately 230 undergraduate Electrical and Computer Engineering students make use of the labs, getting excellent hands-on experience. In addition, the USB connectivity feature on most Keysight equipment enables students to access measurement data via their laptop. “We were one of the first schools to deploy this learning model over 10 years ago,” notes Dr. Subramanyam. Approximately 100 masters students and 50 PhD candidates round out the UD ECE program.

To complement standard coursework, the University of Dayton gives senior ECE students a chance to work on real world problems through their industry funded innovation center projects. The University partners with major corporations such as Boeing, GE, and Honda to sponsor industry-funded projects, which allows UD ECE seniors the opportunity to experience the product development process, from design, to build, to quality assurance. The innovation center manages 80+ industry funded projects a year. Dr Subramanyam notes, “This is great preparation for our students and makes them attractive to various industries including Aerospace and Defense. We see very high placement rates after graduation, often with our seniors receiving multiple job offers and signing bonuses.”

Research Leadership

The University of Dayton also has a strong research program and is the number one ranked university in the country for research funding in the area of Materials Research including composites, nanotechnology, and fuels. There are three primary centers of research at UD that ECE students and faculty contribute to:

  1. The University of Dayton Research Institute employs a staff of over 400 to provide basic and applied R&D services to their customers.
  2. The Nanoscale Engineering Science and Technology (NEST) Laboratory is a multi-user facility with state-of-the-art equipment that enables research and development through the interrogation, characterization and manipulation of materials at the nanoscale.
  3. The University of Dayton is the primary lead for the Institute for the Development and Commercialization of Sensor Technology (IDCAST), a state funded center that includes a consortium of 6 other universities. IDCAST has provided support to 5 startup companies, financial assistance to another 13 companies, created 280 jobs and had an economic impact of over $140 million for the State of Ohio. The students working on this program are in high demand in industry.

Keysight test equipment plays a key role in each of these research labs. “Keysight has always brought us the latest equipment for evaluation and review, and the state-of-the-art test gear in our labs reflect the satisfaction we have with the company,” reflects Dr Subramanyam. “We’re thankful that we have such a wonderful partnership with Keysight.”

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