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Tech NG36
Microsoldering Station | Read more
Electronics Test Bench
Electronics Test Bench | Read more
Electrical Component Library
Electrical Component Library | Read more
General Solder and Rework Station
General Solder and Rework Station | Read more

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, NU-LED's policies and staffing situation have been changed indefinitely. Check out the detailed information about our current policies.

Who are we?

The Northwestern University Laser and Electronics Design core facility (NU-LED) is an open access facility where students, postdocs, faculty and staff can utilize a library of electronic testing/fabrication equipment maintained by the facility. In addition, much of the equipment is available for both short term and long term rent. NU-LED offers informal educational courses on LabVIEW, Introduction to Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) based design, and general soldering techniques. NU-LED employs two full time staff who provide professional services including but not limited to:

  • High level electronics design/fabrication
  • Schematic design and printed circuit board development
  • FPGA based design and firmware development
  • Instrument integration and automation (e.g., LabVIEW Programming)
  • Optical system development
  • Electronics and optics troubleshooting
  • Instrument repair and maintenance
  • Consultation/teaching


The Northwestern University Laser and Electronics Design core facility exists to give Northwestern researchers a competitive edge in the fields of electronics and optical engineering when compared to research institutions that do not provide such support. NU-LED offers professional design, fabrication, integration, and testing/repair services in these fields. NU-LED also maintains a collection of professional quality electrical test instruments which is available for short term rent. Our staff provides educational assistance to students, postdocs, and faculty through both informal consultation and classes. We assist groups with developing, monitoring, and troubleshooting to quickly diagnose any issues with digital, analog, and laser based systems.