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When I think back at the engineering labs from my days in school, I wonder how much things have really changed from then until now. It is hard to believe that freshman and sophomore labs are not still consumed with radial lead resistors, inductors, and capacitors, solderless breadboards, and a variety of light bulbs, motors, transformers, relays, and rheostats. By the time you move into the junior year, labs have gotten a bit more intense with microprocessor controls (mine used an 8088 CPU with machine language programming for the serial port), some high voltage apparati[sic], digital logic circuits (74-series leaded ICs), and a chance to lay out/fabricate/populate a PCB. On-hand test equipment consists of 2nd or 3rd generation oscilloscopes, signal generators, and power supplies.

I did a search for photos of labs from back in the early to mid 1900s to see if much had changed from then until the time I was in college. Here are a few of the hundreds of pics that I found. If you appear in any of these pictures, you are really old.

Links are provided to all of the original images. All copyrights acknowledged.

Ohio State University Electrical Engineering Lab 1890 - RF Cafe

Ohio State University (c. 1890)

Howard University Science Lab - RF Cafe

Howard University Science Lab (c. 1900)

Clemson Electrical Engineering Lab 1917 - RF Cafe

Clemson College Engineering (c. 1914)

VMI Engineeing Lab 1924 - RF Cafe

Virginia Military Institute (c. 1924)

Jim Tillma in electrical engineering laboratory, University of Nebraska, Lincoln 1942 - RF Cafe

University of Nebraska, Lincoln (c.1942)

North Carolina State University Engineering Lab 1920 - RF Cafe

North Carolina State University (c. 1920)

University of Iowa Engineering Laboratory - RF Cafe

University of Iowa (c. 1950)

Queens University Engineering Lab 1940 - RF Cafe

Queens University (c. 1940)

Kansas State U. Electrical Engineering Lab 1920 - RF Cafe

Kansas State University (c. 1920)

University of Toronto Engineering Lab 1909 - RF Cafe

University of Toronto (c. 1909)

Johns Hopkins University Laboratory - RF Cafe

 Johns Hopkins University (c. 1900)

Tulane University Pratt Institute 1904 - RF Cafe

Tulane University Pratt Institute (c. 1904)

University of Michigan Engineering Lab - RF Cafe

University of Michigan (c. 1944)

 

 

Posted June 13, 2024
(updated from original post on 8/14/2018)

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