Atwater Kent Laboratories
Built in 1907, Atwater Kent Labs was the first building in the country dedicated to education in electrical engineering. Seen from the air, it resembles the letter E. Named for the radio pioneer who was a member of WPI's Class of 1900, the building houses the departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Social Science and Policy Studies; the latter offers programs in economic science, psychological science, system dynamics, and society and technology.
Once, the building had vast open bays where students operated huge motors, switches--even an electric street railway test car. Today, as the home of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, it is packed with workstations, lasers, ultrasonic imagers, power analyzers, wireless transceivers, and the other up-to-date tools.
Among the many electrical and computer engineering laboratories in the building are those designed for work wireless information networks, computational engineering in EM/acoustics, machine vision, cryptography and information security, ultrasound, analog and digital microelectronics, nondestructive evaluation and electromagnetics, and network operations.