Celebrating Our Donors: Buildings and Infrastructure

Support Buildings and Infrastructure

Significant and ambitious research projects necessitate that the quality of our facilities match our ability to contribute to the greater good. An investment in engineering buildings and laboratories will help transform outdated space into first-class environments worthy of the exceptional work of our students and faculty. Renovations to several labs will create spaces conducive to growth, collaboration and enhanced learning opportunities — and help fuel the innovations students and faculty develop while working together to address high-impact research outcomes.

In face of unprecedented growth in its student body, the Chemical Engineering (ChE) Department is building a new home base for ChE students to meet, socialize, study, use sophisticated computers, hear lectures, and collaborate on projects. The department plans to move its undergraduate hub from the small room in the basement of Goessmann Hall, known affectionately as “the Cave,” to a renovated area on the first floor of Goessmann Hall. The new student facility is being called the ChE Research and Innovation Base, or CRIB, and will be developed in two phases, with the first phase of renovations already underway this summer. The CRIB is designed to become the birthplace of many creative projects and an incubator for student innovation. It will also have quiet study areas.

The MIE department is working energetically to upgrade its outdated machine shop and turn it into a highly accessible learning environment. The new high-profile Innovation Shop will be outfitted with an inventory of state-of-the-art machine tools, instruments, and computers to support inventive mechanical engineering projects, including all related design, modeling, manufacturing, and testing activities. The Innovation Shop will feature areas for classroom instruction, team meetings, computer-aided design, fabrication, and assembly. Spanning graduate and undergraduate education, the new shop will accommodate labs and classes for some of our most important design courses, including MIE 315 Design and Mechanical Components, MIE 415 Senior Design, MIE 497S Super-Mileage Vehicle, and MIE 643 Mechatronics.

The Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department at UMass Amherst invites tech-loving and tech-skeptical visitors to attend the 3rd biannual Circuits & Code event this Saturday, December 3, from Noon to 2:00 p.m. in Marcus Hall, Room 5, at UMass Amherst. Circuits and Codes is a celebration of technology, engineering, science, mathematics, creativity, and the students who are designing and building the products and systems of the future. The event is being staged by M5, an educational initiative of the ECE department. For more info on the event, click http://umassamherstm5.org/circuits-and-code-fall-2011 or contact M5 at umassamherstm5@gmail.com.