Labs & Facilities

Because CTI classes are hands-on and project-based, they tend to be taught in labs, workshops and studio spaces rather than typical classrooms and lecture halls.

Alternative Fuels Lab

Researchers in the Arizona Center for Algae Technology and Innovation (AzCATI), the largest algae test bed in any university or national lab, examine algae’s potential for various uses, from producing algal oils for biodiesels to removing carbon dioxide from power plant emissions to harvesting nutrients from various wastewaters.

Social Cognition Lab

The Cognitive Engineering Research on Team Task (CERTT) Lab specializes in addressing cognitive problems associated with socio-technical systems such as airport incident command, remotely operated vehicles, emergency medicine and more. Students also learn how people make decisions in social and consumer environments.

Flight Simulators & Aviation Lab

The Simulator Building houses our state-of-the-art flight simulators that prepare students to take flight before setting foot in an airplane. The building also has an air traffic control simulator room, which displays a virtual 315-degree view of an airport area, depicting operational movement areas, taxiing aircraft, ground vehicle movement and arriving and departing aircraft.

Robotics & Automation Lab

In the Robotics & Automation Lab, students operate industry-standard equipment, investigate emerging technologies and develop robots that interact with people. Students engage in applied research on manufacturing automation, micro-manufacturing and human machine integration.

Print & Imaging Lab

The Print & Imaging Lab (PIL) provides students with hands0on educational experience using the most advanced hardware and software in graphic design and printing. Students in the PIL prepare and publish commercial print and marketing collateral, books and manuals, signage, billboards and more. Read more about PIL.

Startup Labs

An entrepreneurial prototyping and collaboration space, the Startup Labs are the place where students learn, make and launch new ideas. Constructed with walls made of dry-erase boards and outfitted with bright, comfortable furniture, the startup Labs are an innovation commons. Read more about Startup Labs.

Engineering Studios & Labs

The engineering studios and labs provide students with the unique opportunity to work with prototyping equipment. In our manufacturing labs, students gain experience in machining and metrology. In our software development lab, students build applications.

User-Experience Lab (X-Lab)

Students apply knowledge of human learning, memory and emotion to the design of products to make them easy to learn, efficient to use and satisfying. Students also learn to apply the senses of touch and vision to the design of medical and virtual environments.