S-lab Facilities

S-lab is an innovation and entrepreneurship hub, where students can work, create, meet, share, and build. Facilities span multiple locations: Thimann Labs, Carter Labs and the Arboretum, as well as a number of partner facilities in different departments: Arts, Humanities, the Everett Program in Sociology; encompassing both indoor and outdoor project space. We offer training and access to equipment, with the ability to purchase consumables quickly and at cost.

About the Facilities:


Thimann Labs 

Thimann Labs is S-lab’s primary location housing the electronics lab, wet lab, meeting spaces, rapid prototyping workshop, machine shop , computer lab, classroom, and rooftop greenhouse


S-lab’s two power producing greenhouses are located at the UCSC arboretum in the New Zealand collection. They serve as a microgrid for renewable energy studies as well as greenhouses for plant related research. Students have access to monitoring equipment, tools, as well as indoor and outdoor space for new renewable generation and/or agricultural projects.

Affiliated Labs

Carter Labs: Carter Labs is a material and device fabrication and characterization facility, allowing members to perform spectroscopy, sputter a new device layer, and perform failure testing with temperature dependence, among other techniques.

CITRIS: The UCSC branch of the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society has long been supporting renewable energy and resource efficiency projects both on campus and in the community. They offer facilities appropriate for work on high voltage electronics, 3D prototyping and PCB design, as well as classroom and meeting space.

Partner Facilities

These facilities offer a variety of different prototyping equipment from extrusion 3D printers to welders to digital media.

  • Open Labs in Arts Department
  • VISlab
  • Community Mapping and Media Lab
  • Creative and Social Entrepreneurship