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Home of Queen's ECE
The building that houses the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Queen's University is named after Walter F. Light, who graduated from the Department in 1949 and embarked on a long career that culminated in 1979 with his becoming president and CEO of Northern Telecom, which was later to become Nortel. Even after his official retirement, Walter Light continued to make important contributions to business and to Canada.
Click here for a summary of the life and accomplishments of Walter Light.
Click here for information on the building of Walter Light Hall.
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WLH and its main foyer
Walter Light Hall consists of seven floors. The second floor has the main foyer, three lecture rooms of varying size, and the Bain Centre, which is a space dedicated to students; along with the ECE Club Room and the IEEE Queen's Student Branch (McNaughton Center). The ECE Department Office is on the fourth floor, along with most of the faculty offices. The remaining floors are largely dedicated to the various research laboratories, but also with space for additional offices, several conference and seminar rooms, lounges for staff and students, and finally the server room with space for the technical staff.
The Bain Centre in WLH
Located directly adjacent to the main foyer on the second floor, the Bain Centre is a "home away from home" for ECE students. The facility has both casual seating and work tables, as well as whiteboards on which students can write notes during discussions. There are a large number of computers for students to use for their assignments and projects, and because Walter Light Hall has a wireless network, students can also use their laptops for Internet access whenever they are working in the Bain Centre.
The Searle Lecture Theatre (WLH 205)
The largest lecture room on the second floor of Walter Light Hall is the Searle Lecture Theatre with a seating capacity of 200. It is fully equipped with audiovisual and data projection capabilities.
WLH 210 and WLH 212
The two other lecture rooms on the second floor of Walter Light Hall are WLH 210, with a capacity of 100, and WLH 212, with a capacity of 40. WLH 210 is fully equipped with audiovisual and data projection capabilities.
The ECE Department Office (WLH 416)
The main office of the Department includes space for administrative support staff as well as offices for the faculty members who serve as the Department Head, the Undergraduate Chair, and the Graduate Coordinator.