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The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rice University is housed primarily in Anne and Charles Duncan Hall and The Abercrombie Laboratory Building. All research programs in the department use the extensive computing facilities available for education and research, including two state of the art clean rooms, an undergraduate lab, and a DSP "Elite" Lab.  The Research Computer Support Group manages a collection of computational resources for Rice student and faculty use. In addition, the Visualization Lab allows interaction with data on a 200-inch 3-D screen.

The ECE Department also has many design and simulation software packages available in the research and educational labs including Cadence, Mentor Graphics, Mathworks Matlab/Simulink, NI Labview, Synopsys, and Xilinx.

Anne and Charles Duncan Hall

Duncan Hall was designed to allow for shared resources among engineering departments, facilitating multidisciplinary research and education.  Private offices, classroom, laboratories, lecture halls, an auditorium, conference rooms, and courtyards surround the atrium.  This proximity eases communication and fosters collaboration.  Departments, institutes, and centers in Duncan Hall include electrical and computer engineering, as well as computational and applied mathematics, statistics, and computer science, the Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology (K2I), and the Center for Multimedia Communication (CMC) which is situated in a dedicated Texas Instruments Wing.  


The Abercrombie Laboratory Building

Abercrombie, located adjacent to Duncan Hall, houses part of electrical and computer engineering, as well as chemical engineering and civil and environmental engineering.

Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen

The Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen (OEDK) provides a space for undergraduate students majoring in bioengineering, chemical and biomolecular engineering, civil and environmental engineering, computational and applied mathematics, computer science, electrical and computer engineering, mechanical engineering and material science, and statistics to design, prototype and deploy solutions to real-world engineering challenges. The ECE senior capstone design sequence utilizes this facility.



EtherNest, located in Abercrombie A119, is an open maker space supported by TI. The EtherNest is a workspace that has prototyping facilities for projects both in and outside of course work. A 3-D printer will be added to the EtherNest in 2014. The ECE Department provides funds to support the EtherNest and hosts student taught "College Classes" for enrichment in the EtherNest. A student leadership team is responsible for developing EtherNest. Find EtherNest on their website or Facebook.

Bill Wilson IEEE Lounge

The Bill Wilson IEEE Lounge is located in Abercrombie A147. The space is a lounge and study area for undergraduate students. The lounge is named for the late Dr. Bill Wilson, former resident associate and master of Wiess College. From Wikipedia: "One of the most influential persons in Wiess history was electrical engineering professor Bill Wilson, who served as resident associate from 1978 to 2006 and as interim Master in 1982-83, which was also the year in which Wiess became a co-ed college. Wilson, known to generations of students as Dr. Bill, was a fixture of Rice's college system and the keeper of many Wiess traditions. In addition to his many teaching awards, he is the only person to have won the Student Association's Mentor Recognition Award twice....In December 2009, the Rice board of Trustees, with the consent of Wiess College, decided that the new Masters' residence at Wiess will be named Wilson House, in honor of Dr. Bill. Dedicated on March 11, 2011, Wilson House is the first building at Rice named after a college Master or Resident Associate, and the first Masters' residence to bear a name distinct from that of its associated college."

Facilities Directory:

Name   Location   Phone
Babakhani Lab   Abercrombie C160   2157
RISC Lab (Babakhani)   Abercrombie A123   2611
Bharadwaj Lab   Brockman 8   -----
Center for Multimedia Communications   Duncan Hall 2015   6196
Characterization Lab   Abercrombie A167   4688
Clean Room 1000 (Shared Space)   Abercrombie A137a   3139
Clean Room 100 (Shared Space)   Abercrombie A137b   -----
Computer Architecture Lab   Abercrombie A122   -----
Digital Lab   Abercrombie A124   2611
ECE Department Office        Abercrombie A204   4020
EtherNest   Abercrombie A119   -----
Halas Chemistry Lab   Dell Butcher 150   3646
Halas Laser Lab   Dell Butcher 150, 151   8071
Halas Lab   Brockman 260   3517, 3211
Halas Lab   George R. Brown E122, B125   3537
Kelly Lab   Brockman Hall 6   3079
Kelly Lab   Abercrombie A164, 165   4158
Kemere Lab   BioScience Research Collaborative 740   6089
Kono Lab   Abercrombie A159, 161, 162   2074, 3248
Kono Lab   Brockman Hall 14   3261
Naik Lab   Brockman Hall 8   -----
Networking / DSP Lab   Duncan Hall 2032   3408
Optics Lab   Abercrombie A158   -----
Pearson Conference Room   Abercrombie A227   -----
Rabson Undergraduate Lab   Abercrombie A141   -----
Robinson Lab   George R. Brown E117, 121   2987
Robinson/Veeraraghavan Lab   Abercrombie C103, 107   4692
Thomann Lab   Brockman Hall 9   3601
Thomann Lab   George R. Brown E114   3620
Tittel Lab   Space Science 104   2614
Veeraraghavan Lab   Abercrombie A126   -----
VLSI Lab   Abercrombie A116   3747
Wilson IEEE Lounge   Abercrombie A147   -----
Zhong Lab   Duncan Hall 3039   -----
Zhong Lab   Abercrombie C121   -----