Engineering, Computer Science Labs Receive Upgrades

by Rae McKee, Public Relations Writer

Students studying engineering and computer science at Cedarville University are the beneficiaries of valuable upgrades, thanks to the recent completion of a $5 million renovation to its laboratories. 

The renovation included four rooms located in the Engineering and Science Center (ENS). These rooms were previously used as biology and chemistry labs and a preparatory room. Students now not only have the recently completed, state-of-the-art science facility, but also several relocated biology labs in the ENS.

“We were able to take what were outdated labs and design them in such a way that it could better accommodate our students’ projects,” said Robert Chasnov, dean of the school of engineering and computer science.


Two of the rooms were combined to become the mechanical engineering senior design computational lab. This new lab can accommodate 49 senior design students, compared to the maximum of 20 in the previous lab.

Another room, which previously served as a preparatory room, was reconfigured to house the Roboboat project lab. Cedarville’s Roboboat team has won several awards in the past five years at the annual International Roboboat Competition, where teams from around the globe build autonomous boats controlled by onboard computers. Most recently, the team won the “Biggest Bang for Your Buck” award, which was given to the best boat created on a smaller budget.

The fourth room was recreated into a biomedical engineering lab. Students who minor in biomedical engineering will have an improved space and machinery necessary to create rehabilitation and biomedical signals and systems. Bridging between the human body and the world of mechanical and electrical engineering has become that much easier for Cedarville students. 

In addition to the extensive makeover of ENS labs, a cyber security lab will be created during this coming summer for computer science students who partake in the newest addition to Cedarville’s curriculum – a cyber security  track – which will begin in fall 2016. The lab will allow students to learn how to best defend computer equipment and networks from cyberattacks. 

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 3,711 undergraduate, graduate, and online students in more than 100 areas of study. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings, and leading student satisfaction ratings. For more information about the University, visit www.cedarville.edu.