Facilities and Resources
Webb’s information technology is sophisticated and accessible. Students are required to purchase a laptop and selected software through the school. Webb provides a wireless network that covers all dormitory, classrooms, and laboratory areas. The Couch Computer Laboratory is available 24/7 and has 10 PC’s and 2 workstations. Printing is available in each classroom, the library, and the computer laboratory which includes large-format plotting. Among the software available are finite element analysis, computational fluid dynamics and naval architecture programs.
In addition, Webb Institute’s Local Area Network (LAN) offers wireless service all over campus. All students, faculty, and staff have email accounts and unlimited internet access.
Not many campuses can offer 24-hour access to the library, but Webb does. And that's just one aspect of our unusual library.
Livingston Library's comprehensive collection is designed to match the Institute's curriculum. Standard works on engineering and naval architecture, professional periodicals, and a selection of rare works on naval architecture and marine engineering form the basis of the collection. The library also subscribes to numerous research databases, including Compendex, Lexis-Nexis, FirstSearch, and ProQuest.
A general collection of books and periodicals in the sciences and humanities, along with extensive interlibrary loan opportunities, round out the collection.
In teaching both theory and practice, Webb Institute offers an array of state-of-the-art labs designed specifically to help students explore and master naval architecture and marine engineering. Among the facilities:
- The chemistry lab contains equipment for performing inorganic chemistry experiments and examining of engineering materials
- The physics lab, where students conduct experiments involving heat, sound, and light; the lab offers a range of equipment, including thermal expansion apparatus, spectroscopes, and optical benches.
- The material science lab, where students examine and test metals, is equipped with metallurgical microscopes, heat-treating furnaces, hardness testing machines, and other machines.
- The marine engineering and mechanical lab, where students test performance, is equipped with a turbocharged diesel engine, a turbogenerator, and other apparatuses.
- The material testing and structural lab, offers a range of equipment, including a 200,000-pound Baldwin-Southwark tension compression machine, electrical strain gauge instrumentation, and other units.
- The electrical lab, which offers instrumentation to measure resistance, capacitance, inductance, current, voltage, and power; it also includes motors, generators, transformers, and other equipment.
- The fluids lab, which has a small wind tunnel, electrolytic tank, and an oscillating table that simulates ship motions.
- The ship model towing tank and instrumentation room, which is used for both course work and student research; it enables students to tow ship models and test resistance and test model propellers, with the wavemaker simulating lively seas.
Webb has both a machine shop and a woodworking shop, where students can build and modify models and machine parts.