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Electrical and Computer Engineering



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.  Resources are on a local area network of heterogeneous machines running variations of UNIX operating systems, Windows, and various networking software.  The computational hardware available to our faculty and students includes the Rice Computational Research Cluster, a 3 TeraFLOP Cray XD1 Linux cluster, and the Rice Terascale Cluster, a 1 Teraflop HP Integrity Linux cluster. In addition the these large scale shared resources individual research groups and department have access to and manage various parallel machines and small clusters of workstations and PCs.

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.

Facilities Directory (room - extension):

Abercrombie Fax - 5686   Mailroom/Student/Copier (Abercrombie) - AL A232
Abercrombie Kitchen - AL213   Mailroom (Duncan) - DH 1092
CMC Fax - DH2021 - 6196   Mechanical Room - AL A157; AL A166
CMC Lab - DH2015   Mittleman Lab - AL A158 - 8096;  A119 - 2501
Characterization Lab - AL A167   Networking/DSP Lab - DH2032 - 3408
Clark Library - AL A226   1000 Lab - AL A137A
Computer Arch. Lab - AL A122 - 2612   100 Lab - AL A137B
Conference Room - AL A227   Optics Lab - AL A121
Department File Room - AL A238   Pump Room / Storage - AL A163
Digital Lab - AL A124 - 2611   Shop/Storage - AL A144
DSP Lab - AL A123 - 2611   Shop/Receiving - AL A145
Duncan Hall Fax - DH2023 - 5685   Students' Parts Room - AL A125
ECE Storeroom - AL A128   Undergraduate Lab - AL A141 - 2314; AL C105
ELEC 326, 426 Lab - A124 - 2611   VLSI Lab - AL A116 - 3747
EtherNest - A119   Wise Lab - A131
Gown Room - AL A137   Xu Lab - AL C103 - 3556
Halas' Chem Lab - DB150,DB150A, DB150B- 3646    Zhong Lab - DH3039 - 2253
Halas' Laser Lab - DB150C, DB151 - 8071    
Kelly Lab - AL B133 - 8353; C160 - 2157    
Kono Lab - A159 - 4273, A161, A162 - 3647
      A164 - 4274; A165, A165A
Lab Supplies - AL A143