The College of Engineering is constructing a state-of-the-art learning center on the 8th floor of Rhodes Hall that will be the academic home for engineering students during their freshman and sophomore years. Included as part of this project are both experimental and educational laboratory spaces. These spaces are situated throughout the floor and programmatically integrated with the faculty offices and large open circulation spaces which focus on promoting collaboration and networking between faculty and students.
The goal of the College of Engineering was to revolutionize engineering education through a dynamic and engaging immersive learning environment that raises the bar and sets the standard for engineering education. One of the primary goals of the lab environments is to provide highly flexible, adaptable space to support the evolving freshmen curriculum. Large mobile benches facilitate rearranging the labs for lectures, project-based activities, and small group tutoring. Special design features of the lab spaces include touch screen monitors, copy cameras, and multiple projection surfaces that also writable allowing the free-flowing thought process required of engineering problem-solving. This cutting-edge technology enables the labs to fully engage the present day techno-savvy student.