Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

EECS Facilities Statement

The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) relocated to the new Min H. Kao Electrical Engineering and Computer Science building in December 2011. The $37.5M facility houses 165,000 square feet of faculty, staff, and student offices, conference rooms, academic and research laboratories, and classrooms. Eleven laboratories are dedicated to engineering courses such as Signals and Systems, Networking, Circuits, Electronics, and Embedded Systems. Three laboratories are used for Senior Design projects. Two computer laboratories are available for instructional purposes:

Various Windows laboratories run the Microsoft Windows 7 operating system. Installed applications include Microsoft Office, Visual Studio, Agilent, Ansoft, AutoCAD, Cadence, CodeLite, Comsol, CST Studio, Digilent, LabVIEW, LTSpice, Maple, MATLAB and Xilinx ISE.

Instructional laboratories and conference rooms have video projection capabilities and/or LED displays.

Min H. Kao network technologies include switched 100/1000 Mbps Ethernet and 802.11a/g/n/ac wireless. The EECS departmental infrastructure provides LDAP authentication, web, file/print, and database services.

Local research facilities include:

Remote research facilities available to EECS members include:

The University of Tennessee-Knoxville's Office of Information Technology (OIT) is responsible for managing a complex network that spans the campus and remote sites scattered around the region. OIT Network Services' responsibilities include the management of the local UTK network (both wired and wireless), a range of wide area connections, and Internet/Internet2 connectivity. In addition, the group manages various security devices such as firewalls, VPN (Virtual Private Network) access devices, IPS and IDS devices (Intrusion Prevention/Detection Systems). At its core, the UTK network supports speeds up to 10 gigbits per second (Gbps). Buildings are connected with at least 1 Gbps, with some featuring 10 Gbps connections to the core in order to accommodate applications that require very high bandwidth. Overall, the campus network can support approximately 39,000 100 Mbps connections, 25,000 Gigabit Ethernet connections and 6,000 Ten Gigabit Ethernet connections.

A state of the art wireless network consisting of more than 4,500 wireless access points spans the entire campus. A major upgrade to the wireless infrastructure was completed in the summer of 2015 supporting 802.11a/g (54 Mbps), 802.11n (450 Mbps) and 802.11ac (1.3 Gbps). Remote offices are linked to the main campus network using connections ranging from 1.5 to 100 Mbps. Such locations include offices in Knoxville, Oak Ridge, Nashville, and Agriculture Extension facilities at various locations in Tennessee. Multiple, redundant connections provide the UTK community with access to the Internet at an aggregate speed of more than 10 Gbps. Multi-Gbps network connecting UTK to research facilities in ORNL (Titan supercomputer) and Internet 2 sites via Southern Crossroads ( UTK is a Sponsored Education Group Participant (SEGP), a program that allows us to sponsor other educational institutions' access to Internet2 resources. Two core firewalls and a multitude of smaller, department-size firewalls, are deployed and managed by Network Services. Secure remote access is facilitated through VPN access devices (appliances) that support both IPSec and SSL/VPN access. Intrusion Prevention/Detection Systems (IPS/IDS) are deployed at strategic locations on the network in order to provide an additional layer of security and compliance for the campus community.


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