Being a college of engineering and high-tech studies, the students are required to spend much of their time in the laboratories in order to put into practice the theory they have learned and thereby internalize the material.
As the College increases its enrollment, so too does the need for additional laboratory space. Each department requires its own laboratories containing its own specialized state of the art equipment so that the students may gain as much experience as possible and have the greatest opportunity to succeed in their chosen topic. In addition, JCT recognizing the importance of R&D, has provided facilities for its faculty members who wish to spend some time on the development of their own ideas – often in collaboration with some of their students.
JCT continues to introduce new areas of study in order to keep up with current trends in the high-tech world, thus the need for building additional laboratories increases too. The following suggested proposals for establishing specific student laboratories at the Jerusalem College of Technology are of today’s highest priority:
Computer Science Laboratory
Professor Zev Lev, the founder of the Jerusalem College of Technology in 1969, had the vision to recognize the importance of the field of electronics for the development of Israel’s nascent technological industry and so electronics was one of the first fields of study established at JCT leading to a Bachelor of Science degree and professional certification as an engineer. Over the years many students have graduated and are now working for leading hi-tech companies in Israel. Here in Israel, the widespread use of electronics in all aspects of technology and daily life – from the integration of electronics into most sectors of the civilian economy to the extensive use of electronics in military instrumentation – attests to its importance in meeting the needs of Israeli industry
In our Faculty of Electronic Engineering, students study for four years, learning the basics of electrical and electronic engineering, as well as practical and theoretical specialization in analog electronics, communications, control systems, computer basics and computer aided engineering. In the framework of their studies in the department, students study in laboratories where they learn modern methods and techniques in the fields of analog and digital electronics, communications and microprocessors. In their third and fourth years of study, every student in the department is required to undertake an engineering project involving approximately 500 hours of work. Through his work on the project, the student implements what he has learned and must work through the various stages of a project, such as: design and development, ordering components, construction, operation and writing a project report. Some of these projects are conducted in conjunction with industrial companies.
With the growing number of students in this department the need has arisen for additional electronics laboratories that include a basic infrastructure of electronics equipment such as oscilloscopes, spectrum analyzers and logic analyzers, as well as sophisticated computers and equipment for data network communications. The laboratories are also be used for faculty research.
The cost of naming an Electronics Laboratories is $160,000.
Robotics is the study of the basic principles and techniques of building machines (robots) with computer intelligence and humanlike physical capabilities. It uses technology that combines software, mechanical manipulators, sensors, controllers and computers to provide programmable automation. In our Faculty of Industrial Engineering and Management, the students learn how to operate a production line as part of managing the industrial process.
The Robotics laboratory introduces students to the main aspects of modern computerized design and manufacturing technology including numerically controlled turning and milling, computer vision, robotics, and automated assembly with supervisory control. These automated manufacturing techniques are used individually and in coordination. They are also used together as a system for rapid prototyping starting from a Computer Aided Design (CAD) system.
The Robotics Laboratory is a multi-purpose laboratory for teaching and student projects. It will have six stations with computers and web cams. Each PC is equipped with software that includes an industrial standard robot simulation and off-line programming package. Students will be exposed to state of the art, off-line programming and see for themselves the implications of this technology. There are also a number of small demonstration robots and one large robot. The laboratory will also house a conveyor with four stations including a storage area, a mill and lathe, an assembly stage and a station for quality control. This laboratory will be established in the recently opened Low Family Building of Applied Physics.
The cost of naming a Robotics Laboratory is $250,000.
The Biochemistry Laboratory will be used to teach students studying biology and chemistry at JCT. It will give the students the opportunity to experiment and gain practical experience from their studies.
Bioinformatics and Computational Chemistry are fields of study that aim to obtain insights from large amounts of biological and chemical data using computer systems. The unprecedented increase in genome data, mRNA expression patterns, and protein/metabolite concentrations makes these new fields of study more and more important. The challenge is to process these huge amounts of data so as to obtain knowledge and new insights about how organisms and chemicals function and behave that could not be obtained without the help of computers. In the long run, the new insights and the ability to compute living production systems may lead to a multitude of novel applications, including new drugs, new medical treatments, and new types of food.
Technological advances in these areas have been spectacular in the past few years, permitting a quality of research that has never been equaled. The very concept of drug design is being redefined, as timescale and theoretical research on the computer can save years of work. This biotechnology revolution is creating an emerging need for professionals capable of writing algorithms and computer programs according to the needs of research and industry.
The Biochemistry laboratory will enable the students to carry out “wet” experiments in chemistry and biology and will include a storage room for dangerous materials. The laboratory will have work stations for up to 24 students containing the most up-to-date equipment necessary for carrying out sophisticated experiments such as HPLC (High Performance Liquid Chromatography), mass spectroscopes, ph meters, microscopes, and a fume hood as well as refrigeration and an oven.
The cost of naming a Biochemistry Laboratory is $350,000.