Engineering Facilities

Engineering FacilitiesEngineering at Sweet Briar is based on a hands-on, lab-intensive curriculum that emphasizes the design process. Our graduates learn to translate fundamental principles into design applications that are socially relevant, ethically responsible and economically viable.


Electronics and Mechatronics Lab

  • Oscilloscopes
  • Multimeters
  • Microcontrollers
  • Wide range of sensors and electrical components
  • Electromechanical actuators

Engineering Computer and Rapid Prototyping Lab

Introductory Design Lab

This lab provides a large open space for introductory and intermediate design courses.

Laser and Optical Device Lab

  • Scanning electron microscope (Hitachi TM4000)
  • Q-switched YAG laser
  • Optical parametric oscillator
  • Detection for time-resolved fluorescence
  • Polymer thin-film fabrication

Machine Shop

  • CNC mill
  • Lathe
  • Drill press
  • Bandsaw
  • Wide variety of hand tools

Materials Testing and Thermodynamics Lab

  • Concrete tester
  • Hardness tester
  • Impact tester
  • Tensile tester
  • Thermal conductivity sensor
  • Research grade recirculating wind tunnel
  • Fluid properties measuring instruments
  • Pump and fan test rigs
  • Heat exchanger test equipment
  • Free and forced convection test equipment

Senior Design Lab

This lab provides space for seniors to work on their capstone design projects.

Water Quality Lab

  • Lake buoys with integrated water quality probes and remote data processing capabilities
  • TOC analyzer (Shimadzu TOC-L)
  • Multi-sensor water quality probe
  • Drying oven
  • Turbidimeter
  • X-ray diffraction instrument
  • Handheld chlorine analyzer