The department's facilities include laboratories for general instruction, individual student projects, and faculty research in electronics, electromagnetism, optics, systems dynamics and control, communications, computer architecture, robotics, engineering materials, solid and structural mechanics, fluid mechanics, fossil and solar energy conversion, acoustics, nonlinear dynamics, and environmental water and air pollution control.
Many professors invite students to collaborate with them on research projects, sometimes resulting in co-authored publications. Students often apply for and are accepted to participate in summer research at other institutions.