ITP student in the Telecom lab

Telecom Lab

ITP offers a lab-rich engineering environment. Students get 200 hours of hands-on experience on real equipment, and many employers have said this is one of the reasons why they hire ITP grads.

The Telecommunication Systems Laboratory is the research and applied arm of the Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program. It enables ITP students to do hands-on work in testing, simulations, and research. The laboratory provides instruction in the latest telecommunication technologies, offers a facility for student and faculty research, serves as a focus for partnership with industry, and supports department activities in both on-campus and distance learning.

The laboratory has the capacity to simulate large telephony and data networks. The current capabilities include VoIP, PBXs, ATM, Frame Relay, DSL, ISDN, as well as more advanced routing and switching technologies such as MPLS and VLANs.

The Telecommunications Lab is the premier computer networking research wing of ITP at CU-Boulder. ITP graduate Jose Santos is its Director, and many alumni who work at companies like Cisco, Google, Juniper, Level 3, Comcast, and more have delivered guest lectures, conducted guidance programs and assisted the lab with various kinds of funding.


Energy Lab

This is a particularly exciting time for energy and telecom. Not only is the smart electricity grid emerging, but opportunities are presenting themselves to graduates who want to work on many types of renewable energy and opportunities for improving energy efficiency and addressing critical issues of our day like climate change.

The Energy Lab allows students to do hands-on work in testing, simulations, and research on the smart grid, renewable energy, energy efficiency, and many other cutting-edge topics. The fundamental infrastructure of the US and many other countries is out of date, and will now be rebuilt in new ways – and the Energy Lab enables students to learn, develop, and apply new solutions.

With the need for energy independence and pressure to address environmental issues, and vast growth in consumption, we’re going to need monstrous amounts of electricity. The energy lab lets students learn to respond to this challenge.