Power Quality and Energy Studies Laboratory

žContact: Dr. Efraín O’Neill Carrillo

žThe Power Quality and Energy Studies (PQES) is located in CID F-218/220 and has experimental facilities dedicated to energy research. This laboratory will be electrically connected to the Microgrid Research Laboratory to allow energy researchers to use both laboratories and share resources. The laboratories have a combined area of about 1,000 sq. ft.

  • Computer-based testbench for implementation of control and identification algorithms for drive systems. The system is based on the rapid prototyping system for control algorithms using Dspace board. It is designed for fractional horsepower motors and include, in addition to the Dspace system, instrumentation for voltages and currents, power electronics, and a Magtrol Dynamometer.
  • Computer-based test bed for the validation of electrothermal models for power electronic modules. It consists of a LabWindows/CVI from National Instruments DAC system in conjunction with several Keithley digital multimeters connected using the GPIB protocol. Instrumentation collects voltage and current as well as thermocouple measurements.

žSupports courses: INEL 6096 Power Quality, INEL 6085 Power Electronics, INEL 6058 High Frequency Converters, INEL 6025 Alternate Energy Conversion, INEL 6995 Regulatory Issues in EE,  INEL 6066 Drives.


Microgrid Research Laboratoryž

Contact: Dr. Fabio Andrade

žThe Microgrid Laboratory is located in CID F-222 and consists of two inverter-based generators, which can simulate different microgrid configurations. The system includes 1×dSPACE ds1103, 2×2.2kW DANFOSS DC/AC inverters (FC302) and some electronic boards. To generate the DC link that supplies each DC/AC inverter the laboratory has a 1×5kW AC/DC power electronics system. The Laboratory can offer several experimental R&D platforms integrated in a single operational system, such as: renewable energy sources, power electronics control and protection, energy load and end-use appliances, and agent-based energy management systems.

žAn extension of the laboratory is being considered this year by means of private project between UPRM and Ahkeo Holdings, LLC. The extension is composed of three microgrid setups, six electronic DC power sources, loads, a PV array at the roof of the building and three computers. The setup consists of four inverter-based generators, which can simulate different microgrid configurations.


Power Electronics Laboratory

žContact: Dr. Eduardo Ortiz

žThe Power Electronics Laboratory is located in Stefani building, S-101, includes three workstation with specialized software for power electronics application, and motor control. This laboratory serves the major design experience course in power electronics, demos for the motor control course, and research (both graduate and undergraduate). Students in this laboratory design systems with solar power, and converting from DC to AC and vice versa.


Laboratory for Applied Remote Sensing and Image Processing (LARSIP)

žContacts: Dr. Luis Jiménez and Dr. Emmanuel Arzuaga

žLARSIP is located in CID F-219/220/221/224 and is a multidisciplinary laboratory dedicated to the research and implementation of Remote Sensing, Hyperspectral Image Processing, Signal and Image Processing and Bio-Optics applications. The laboratory has extensive computing and image processing equipment as well as imaging equipment and portable spectrometers for fieldwork. Its 1506 sq. ft. location is divided in four rooms; two dedicated for student’s research.



Biomedical Instrumentation Laboratory

žContact: Dr. Eduardo Juan

This laboratory occupies approximately 300 sq ft and is located in the Stefani Building Room S-214. The laboratory is equipped with personal computers and data acquisition systems, electrical measurement equipment (oscilloscopes, signal generators, etc.), electronic components and tools for building custom devices and prototypes. Specialized amplifiers and acoustic transducers, as well as surgical instruments, are also available.

žThe laboratory supports the courses

  • INEL 5208 Principles of Biomedical Engineering
  • INEL 6997 Biomedical Acoustics


LIDAR Laboratory for Atmospheric Research

žContact: Dr. Hamed Parsiani

žThe laboratory is used for atmospheric characterization using multiple, in situ, remote sensing equipment. The atmospheric data via two lidars, AERONET, pyranometer, and radiosonde are obtained and saved in a website for international scientific access. The fundamental atmospheric data is used to obtain higher level products to be used toward regional atmospheric models for weather analysis/prediction.

žSpecialized areas: Remote sensing, Optical signal processing, laser/telescope



Communications and Signal Processing Laboratory

žContact: Dr. Shawn Hunt

žThe Communication and Signal Processing Laboratory has 14 workstations. Each station has a Dell Precision T3400 with external DSP boards, and peripheral instrumentation equipment. The lab also has four 2.3 GHz Spectrum Analyzers. The laboratory software consists of Matlab, Texas Instruments Assembly and Floating Point tools including Code Composer, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Visual C++.


Robotics and Automation Laboratory

žContact: Dr. Raúl E. Torres

žThe Robotics Laboratory includes two A225 robots, one Epson Robot, three analog vision systems, and two PLC families (Rockwell and Panasonic) with their supporting software development tools. The Robotics and Automation Laboratory includes two PC used to assist a CRS 5-DOF robotic arm, and one Epson 4-DOF Robot with a PC-Based Controller. There is one machine vision system for advanced projects in robots vision, and a second vision station for projects in the capstone course or in graduate projects. There are also six multi-purpose workstations, each equipped with a Dell Precision 370. These can be setup to program and implement PLC designs, to create simulation of manufacturing processes, and to program microcontrollers for mobile robots applications. Finally, there are two stand-alone LabVolt pneumatic stations for students to practice some theoretical concepts in the area, and 14 virtual pneumatics stations that can be accessed through the web from any part of the campus.


Process Control and Instrumentation Laboratory

žContact: Dr. Gerson Beauchamp

žThe Process Control and Instrumentation Laboratory is used as a workshop to develop and work on term projects for five advanced courses of the EE Program. The laboratory is also used to give control system demonstrations to visiting high school students. The Process Instrumentation and Control Laboratory includes 12 Dell Precision T3400 and 5 Dell Precision 390. All workstations include data acquisition equipment and software either from National Instruments, MATLAB or Quanser Consulting. It includes demonstrative control equipment such as inverted pendulum, fluid level control, magnetic levitation, vibration control, and others for simple projects to supplement four courses in the automatic control area.


Electronic Testing and Characterization Laboratory

žContacts: Dr. Manuel Jiménez, Dr. Rogelio Palomera, Dr. Gladys Ducoudray, Dr. Guillermo Serrano

žThe Electronics Testing & Characterization Laboratory is located in Room 114B of the Stefani building in the University of Puerto Rico. The facility provides 270 sq. ft. devoted to the task of designing and integration of test hardware and automation software. The lab was established in the summer of 2009 and was completed in the spring semester of 2010 with the major sponsorship of Texas Instruments (TI) and other contributors like Keithley Instruments. It currently provides 5 different workspaces for students working on projects in the area of Electronics Testing and Automation Design among others. The facility is equipped with a Probe Station for performing on wafer measurements, an oven for testing across different temperature ranges, two Keithley 2612 source measurement units, power supplies, pulse/pattern generator, a 600MHz LeCroy Wavesurfer and a digital multimeter; all of which are fully programmable. Following the UPRM-TI Collaborative Program, the ETC lab was created in order to complement the Integrated Circuit Design Laboratory (ICDL) with a laboratory specifically dedicated to testing. With this addition the ECE Department is closer to fully encompass the major fields involved in the area of Semiconductor Manufacturing. The main goal of the ETC lab is to help prepare students in the area of Electronics Testing & Automation Design by helping them acquire the knowledge and skills they will need to be successful in this field.



Rapid System Prototyping Laboratory (RASP)

žContacts: Dr. Manuel Jiménez, Dr. Rogelio Palomera, Dr. Gladys Ducoudray, Dr. Guillermo Serrano

žThe main mission of the RASP Laboratory is to enable graduate students acquire the necessary training, skills, expertise, and capabilities to conduct academic and industrial research work in the field of rapid prototyping digital and mixed-signal electronic systems.


Integrated Circuit Design Laboratory (ICDL)

žContacts: Dr. Manuel Jiménez, Dr. Rogelio Palomera, Dr. Gladys Ducoudray, Dr. Guillermo Serrano

žThe Integrated Circuits Design Laboratory (ICDL) is located in Room 210B, Stefani Building in the UPRM campus.  The facility provides 800sq. ft. devoted to the tasks of designing and testing analog, digital, and mixed-signal integrated circuits and systems.  The facility was established in 1999 with the sponsorship of Texas Instruments (TI) under the UPRM-TI Collaborative Program.  It provides 16 design workstations running industry-grade software tools for the design entry and design validation in bipolar and MOS technologies.  In addition the lab provides four testing stations with state-of-the- art test and measurement tools used by senior and graduate students, in advanced and graduate course projects in electronics as well as graduate research students for their projects.



PR Weather Radar Network

žContacts: Dr. José Colom, Dr. Sandra Cruz Pol, Dr. Rafael A. Rodríguez Solís, Dr. Leyda León

žThe PRWRN has offices in CID F-211, and comprises three off-campus locations in Monte Cornelia (Cabo Rojo), Estación Experimental Agrícola de Lajas, and Estación Experimental Agrícola de Isabela. At each of these three locations a X-band, dual-polarized, Doppler weather radar provide coverage to Western Puerto Rico. The radars are used in atmospheric and meteorological research. The PRWRN collaborates with the National Weather Service office in San Juan.


Cloud Microwave Measurements of Atmospheric Events (CliMMAtE)

žContacts: Dr. Sandra Cruz Pol and Dr. Leyda León

žThe Laboratory for CLiMMATE is located in Stefani Builing, S-201, and works with the development and calibration of atmospheric and cloud models using data from radar and radiometer measurements. It is currently working with models of atmospheric attenuation and precipitation measurements. Our work includes the development of algorithms for the calibration of the atmospheric models to better retrieve the physical and radiative characteristics of the atmosphere. This includes water vapor content, vertical air motion, turbulence, liquid water content, and raindrop distribution for clouds and/or precipitation. We also look at the atmospheric attenuation suffered by the radar signal as it travels through the clear atmosphere due to precipitation, water vapor and oxygen gases. This attenuation varies, among other factors, with frequency, radar scanning angle, air temperature and pressure.

žWe currently employ data collected with CASA Off-the-Grid Single Polarized X-band Radars, TropiNet Dual-Polarized Doppler X-band radars, Parsivel Disdrometers, and NWS radiosondes.


Microwave and Millimeter-wave Systems Laboratory

žContacts: Rafael A. Rodríguez Solís, Rafael Medina Sánchez

žThe Microwave and Millimeter-wave Systems Laboratory is located in Stefani Building, S-120/120A, and is a design, characterization and testing facility for RF, microwave and millimeter-wave circuits and antennas. It has microwave instrumentation operating up to 67 GHz, including a spherical near-field antenna measurement systems operating up to 40 GHz. The laboratory has computer workstations with access to commercial electromagnetic design software, including Keysight Advanced Design System, Ansys Electronics Testbench, and Remcom XFDTD. A LPKF milling machine is used to produce antennas and circuits prototypes, that can be tested with the network analyzers, power meters, and spectrum analyzers in the laboratory.


RF Systems Laboratory

  • Contact: Rafael A. Rodríguez Solís
  • The RF Systems Laboratory is located in Stefani Building, S-202, and is used for undergraduate research, the Capstone Design course, and supports graduate research and courses. It has microwave instrumentation up to 6.7 GHz and computer workstations with access to commercial electromagnetic design software, including Keysight Advanced Design System and Ansys Electronics Testbench.

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