The state-of-the-art and up-to-the-minute Ball Communication Building is an ideal place to plug in to the world of information and communication technology. Among the many benefits are its laboratory facilities, filled with the latest technologies for learning and research.

Student laboratory work can take place in, among other places, the facilities of the Applied Research Institute (ARI). The ARI includes six industry-supported laboratories—Convergence, Networking, Digital Media, Applications, Wireless Innovation, and the Network Integration Center. The first four are, for the most part, dedicated to the graduate academic program, while the other two are heavily involved in industry- and government-sponsored research projects.