Our students are engineers from day one. In fall 2011, we opened our new eSpace design, integration and prototyping studio. This studio is the next step in our eSpace initiative—a collective investment in innovative, hands-on learning spaces especially for freshmen. The lab portion of many of our Introduction to Engineering classes (FSE 100) is scheduled in the eSpace studio.
Working in teams, students are introduced to the profession as they learn the engineering design process, engineering models and critical communication skills. The eSpace studio is designed to foster creativity and problem-solving skills, preparing our students to excel in whichever field they choose.
Teams participating in Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) are also using this new design studio to plan their entrepreneurial service projects and test proposed engineering solutions.
Tools to engineer solutions
Inside, two main rooms have capacity for 40 students each. With an array of tools and resources at their disposal, students are tasked with developing engineering solutions—including problem definition, design, implementation, integration and evaluation and test.
Each room is equipped with high-end computers to power engineering applications. Interactive design areas, projection screens, whiteboards and writeable glass wall panels that line the exterior encourage collaboration. The majority of the room is modular—movable tables, rolling cabinets with tools and power cables that can be pulled from above—allowing flexibility to accommodate a wide spectrum of learning experiences from classroom lectures to large-scale design and demonstration.
Display cases within the design studio as well as the front windows will showcase engineering projects developed by both the freshman engineering students and EPICS teams.