Even the building has a lot to teach you.

Where better to learn engineering than a masterpiece of engineering? Welcome to our home, Engineering Hall. Designed entirely around the needs of the student, Engineering Hall is designated as one of the most innovative places to experience engineering. Engineering Hall's five floors are each dedicated to solving complex problems and answering questions that we are faced with today and will face in the future. 

Lower Level: Efficient energy and safe roads and infrastructure

Marquette Visualization Laboratory (MARVL)

The MARquette Visualization Lab (MARVL) is a facility working to demonstrate how visualization technology can be used inlearning, research and industry. The lab contains a versatile large-scale immersive environment that consists of four display surfaces, with stereoscopic viewing and motion-tracking equipment available. With the resources of the Content Development Lounge, digital content is developed in collaboration with various groups with the intent of aiding in research, teaching and industrial applications.

Learn more about the Marquette Visualization Laboratory. 

Small Engines Laboratory

This laboratory is used to investigate ignition and combustion phenomena, alternative fuels, advanced engine chemistry, chemical kinetics and laser diagnostics and spectroscopy. Also in the laboratory is a custom-design platform for testing energy production of biofuels captured during wastewater treatment.

Thermofluid Science and Energy Applications Laboratory

This lab allows theoretical, numerical and experimental analysis and modeling of thermofluid phenomena occurring in energy conversion equipment, components and systems. Studies include optimization analysis of energy conversion equipment, components and systems as well as advanced analysis using fundamentals of thermodynamics, fluid dynamics and heat transfer.

Learn more about the Thermofluid Science and Energy Applications Lab. 

Engineering Materials and Structural Testing Laboratory (EMSTL)

The EMSTL provides undergraduate and graduate students with state-of-the-art hands-on educational experiences related to characterization of engineering materials and behavior of structural systems and components. The high-bay portion facilitates large-scale component and sub-assembly testing for professors and students in multiple disciplines. The lab is the primary facility for research in the area of engineering materials characterization and physical testing of structural components and structural systems.

Learn more about the EMSTL. 

First Floor: Student-centered learning

Discovery Learning Laboratories

The Stanley V. Jaskolski Discovery Learning Laboratories are available to students 24/7 and provide fully equipped, on-site tools for design and production of prototypes, test fixtures or complex objects. It is a place where students explore the practical aspects of engineering. There are lockers for project storage, whiteboard space and computer projection capabilities (DL128).

Learn more about the Discovery Learning Laboratories. 

Fotsch Family Machine Design Laboratory

This laboratory provides students with hands-on exploration in machine design and function. The laboratory incorporates areas for teaching and training and has been designed to promote hands-on and "minds-on" learning. The lab is equipped with work benches, tools, instruments, computers, data acquisition systems and an assortment of machines and mechanical systems to enhance creative exploration and investigation.

Learn more about the Fotsch Family Design Laboratory. 

Second Floor: Nanoscale devices, sensors and controls

Clay Lafferty Microsensor Research Laboratory 

In development, this laboratory will be equipped to support research in solid state and acoustic wave sensors (chemical sensors, biochemical sensors, biosensors), micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) devices and sensors, optical wave guide-based sensors and smart sensor systems.

Nanoscale Devices Laboratory

The focus of this laboratory is the design of nanotechnology, particularly smart sensors for use in water, medical, energy and manufacturing applications. Research topics include micro/nanoscale device fabrication, characterization and analysis, ultrasonic/bio MEMS, microfluidics, thermal analysis of bio/chemical molecules, molecular electronics, thermoelectric material design, fabrication and analysis, and near-field scanning optical microscopy, atomic force microscopy probe developments and bio/chemical sensors.

Materials Characterization and Failure Analysis Laboratory

Just as important as the design of a structure is the material used to build it. With high-tech instruments like electron microscopes, an infrared spectrometer, a macro camera, and a variety of grinders and polishers, professors and students test and learn about the characteristics of metals, plastics and concrete down to the microscopic level.

Thomas and Suzanne E. Werner Secure and Sustainable Energy Laboratory

Coming soon. 

Third Floor: Human performance

Biomechanics Design Laboratory

The Biomechanics Design Laboratory focuses on advanced instrumentation and experimental procedures relating to hard and soft tissue biomechanics, physiologic loading, rehabilitation, motion analysis and trauma.

Bioelectronics and Biocomputing Laboratories

Each work station in this lab contains electronic test equipment, along with hardware and software for medical electronic design and development. The lab gives students experience in computing  and software development in a variety of biomedical applications.

Translational, Experimental and Computational Cardiovascular Research Laboratory (CV T.E.C.)

The laboratory is involved in the investigation of cardiovascular disease from the perspective of hemodynamics, vascular biomechanics and cellular mechanisms. The ultimate goal of this research is to create programs that improve the quality of life for patients with cardiovascular disease by developing new medical device, procedural or pharmacological initiatives. The CV T.E.C. Lab works closely with clinical collaborators throughout the world in addition to the Medical College of Wisconsin and Children’sHospital of Wisconsin, as well as Discovery World where basic research concepts are conveyed in an informal learning environment.

Learn more about the CV T.E.C. Laboratory. 

Human Performance Laboratory

In this laboratory, used for educational and research purposes, students learn how bioinstrumentation is used to monitor human health, how health care technologies are designed using principles of math, physics and life science, and how technology is used in research to study human performance. A dual belt treadmill is mounted on a six-degree freedom motion platform and attached to a video monitor that allows investigators to provide a variety of sensory stimuli to a subject while the subject walks or runs. This setup allows researchers to study human motor control, reflex networks and sensory-motor interplay, especially in subjects with neurological disorders.

Ergonomics Laboratory

Improving the efficiency and comfort of tools is the focus of the Ergonomics Lab. Included are tools evaluated for utility and construction workers, such as perforated shovels, aerial buckets and hand wheel valves, and tools for the general population, such as garden loppers and screw drivers.

Medical Imaging Laboratory

The goal of the Medical Imaging Laboratory is to improve equipment like CT or SPECT scanners to provide more detailed images or to emit less radiation. Collaborators include the Zablocki VA Medical Center, Froedtert Hospital, Medical College of Wisconsin, the FDA and other industry partners.

Fourth Floor: Water quality and robotics

Water Quality Center

The Water Quality Center brings together researchers, private foundations, industry, the government and others to solve problems related to lake, river and groundwater quality. These problems often involve municipal wastewater, industrial wastewater, storm water runoff and drinking water. Research is often multidisciplinary and is performed by experts from engineering, biological sciences, mathematics, statistics and computer science, as well as other disciplines. The Water Quality Center facilities include laboratories, computing resources and offices. The center laboratories, located in Engineering Hall, include more than 3,700 square feet of space and are equipped to perform physical, chemical and biological analyses of water, wastewater, soil and sludge. Major equipment includes environmental chambers, atomic adsorption spectrophotometers, gas chromatographs and equipment for performing bench- and pilog-scale investigations. The center also has molecular biology equipment to characterize microbial cultures including thermocyclers, gel boxes and gel imaging equipment.

Learn more about the Water Quality Center. 

Dynamics and Controls Laboratory

This lab is used to study motion and how to create it most effectively. The lab thoroughly investigates all aspects of mechanical systems, and specifically, how to engineer a specific motion. This work can entail kinematics, kinetics, mechanism design, mechanism analysis, dynamic modeling and controls. The laboratory houses 2-axis 4-axis and 6-axis robots. Recent projects include design of below-knee (transtibial) prosthetic devices, dynamic modeling of human gait applied to lower limb prostheses, design and analysis of variable joints and tolerance allocation applied to dynamic systems.

Electrical and Mechanical Systems Laboratory

This is the hub for professors, students and industry partners working on overlapping areas, including mechatronics, sensors, actuators, controls, measurements, instrumentation, signal procession, dynamics and vibration.

Additional Spaces

The college also utilizes space in Olin Engineering Center and Haggerty Engineering Hall, located directly across the street. 


GasDay generates highly accurate natural gas demand forecasts over an eight-day period, allowing Local Distribution Companies sufficient time to plan gas supply for the week. Reliable estimates of natural gas use avoids excess supply or shortages of natural gas distribution. GasDay is located on the fourth floor of Olin Engineering Center. 

Learn more about Gas Day. 

Advanced Systems and Assembly Manufacturing Laboratory

Coming fall 2018 to the first floor of Haggerty Engineering Hall.