Motion Control and Drives Laboratory


The lab is structured to support the following activities:


Students learn firsthand how to operate PC-based systems with data acquisition capability for simulation and hardware tests, DSP board (custom design and out-of-shelf) based systems, and advanced digital control implementation means such as field programmable gate arrays (FPGA) which allows students to learn the sequential interfaces between the host computer, the driving circuit, and the system under control. Students experience the connection and use of different peripheral devices, such as pulse-width-modulated (PWM) inverters, transducers, serial interfaces, sensors, etc.

System design

Students learns how to design, build, or assemble a part or product, or configure control systems especially adapted to automation applications; and testing and debugging a prototype using appropriate engineering tools. This activity prepares students to solve real-world problems as they enter the workforce or continue their education and research.


Student have two options for software learning: 1) To write C-language code and interrupt-service routines, or 2) To use a MATLAB/Simulink interface. Simulink is a block-diagram graphical-user-interface based simulation package that works within the MATLAB environment and allows linear and nonlinear, continuous-time and discrete-time simulation. In addition, students can choose from a broad range of control design toolboxes. The Control-Systems Toolbox, in particular, greatly aids control-system analysis and design.


Assistant Professor Su Yan Receives 2020 IEEE APS Best Paper Award

Tue, August 11, 2020

Electrical Engineering Assistant Professor Su Yan recently received the prestigious IEEE Antennas and Propagation Edward E. Altschuler AP-S Magazine Prize Paper Award for his paper titled “Multiphysics Modeling in Electromagnetics: Technical Challenges and Potential Solutions”. The IEEE Antennas and Propagation Edward E. Altschuler AP-S Magazine Prize Paper Award was established in 2010 to recognize the best contribution published in the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Magazine during the previous year. The paper is co-authored by Jian-Ming Jin, Ph.D.Read More >>

Commemorating the Life of Professor Emeritus Arthur Sanderson Paul, Ph.D.

Tue, July 14, 2020

We commemorate the life of Alumnus and Professor Arthur Sanderson Paul, Ph.D., professor emeritus in the Department of Computer Science. Dr. Paul served at Howard University for over 38 years as a faculty member in the College of Engineering and Architecture, then known as the College of Engineering, Architecture, and Computer Sciences. After graduating from Presentation Brothers College in St. George’s, Grenada, Dr. Paul attended Howard University as a mechanical engineering major. Read More >>


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