All classrooms, faculty offices, and residence hall rooms are connected by CedarNet, an on-campus fiber-optic network that provides access to the Internet and approximately 200 software programs. Of special interest to our students are mathematical and computational packages, word processing programs, spreadsheets, CAD (computer-aided design), ThomasNet, 24-hour access to most libraries in the world, engineering standards, graphics packages, statistical processors, simulation tools, and general research aids. Cedarville is one of six schools given national recognition for its advanced student computer systems.
Cedarville's mechanical engineering labs feature CNC (computer numerically controlled) machine tools, materials testing machines, a wind tunnel, engine dynomometers, instrumentation benches, refrigeration systems, and vibrations benches, all with PC-based data acquisition. Many design tools, such as FEA (finite element analysis) packages, CFD (computational fluid dynamics) packages, CNC packages, solid modeling, CAD packages, equation solvers (such as Maple, Matlab, and TK Solver), and rigid-body dynamic simulation packages, support the mechanical engineering program.
Electrical and computer engineering labs feature extensive computer-based design tools; communications and control hardware; rotating machinery benches; facilities for integrated circuit chip design; extensive general purpose instrumentation; and spectrum, logic, and network analyzers. Many design tools, such as OrCAD, assist students with circuit design, simulation, debugging, and eventually laying out the printed circuit board. These boards are then populated in Cedarville's laboratories by students using a pick-and-place machine and reflow soldering station. Students also use the Altera Quartus design suite to design their digital hardware and simulate, debug, program, and download firmware into a CPLD (complex programmable logic device) or FPGA (field programmable gate array.)
Computer science labs feature a suite of Linux servers, a Beowulf cluster supporting parallel computing, multiple Web servers, and more than 36 state-of-the-art workstations. Students use industry-standard software packages such as Rational Rose, Microsoft Visual Studio, and Borland JBuilder to design and implement software solutions to challenging real-world problems.
With the help of donors, Cedarville has invested $2 million in undergraduate laboratory equipment during the last 15 years.