Most engineering undergraduate curricula either do not have laboratories or lack actual hardware-oriented experimental laboratories for power engineering education. One of the biggest, often insurmountable hurdles is cost. However, putting together pieces of equipment that provides an enriched laboratory learning experience for students at an affordable cost is an experience that could be shared for others to follow. This panel, consisting of speakers from academia, will discuss traditional topics, such as elec- tric machines and drives as well as emerging topics, such as distributed generation, renewable energy integration and smart grid concepts. They will also share their experiences in the design and utilization of these labs in undergraduate education and graduate research.