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Labs in Experiential Engineering Building will help students focus on innovation, creativity

Donors who contribute to the project are recognized with naming opportunities throughout the building

Experiential Engineering Building
Construction of the new Experiential Engineering Building on the Innovation Campus is on schedule to be completed this fall. The WSU Foundation and the College of Engineering are raising private funds to help provide cutting-edge equipment and tools for the 25 labs in the facility.

As construction activity dominates the landscape along the eastern edge of the Wichita State University campus, progress on the new Experiential Engineering Building is on track for completion late this fall.

The building, located along 17th Street on the Innovation Campus, will house 25 cutting-edge labs where WSU engineering students will engage in hands-on learning designed to inspire their creativity and an entrepreneurial way of thinking.

“In this environment, our educators will emphasize the development of students’ curiosity about the changing world while connecting technical skills to societal needs and opportunities to develop innovative solutions to global challenges,” said Royce BowdenRoyce Bowden, College of Engineering dean.

The WSU Foundation, in partnership with the College of Engineering, is working to raise $15 million to help equip the labs and provide an endowment to update and replace equipment in future years. Companies and individuals have an opportunity to donate to the project and be recognized by having their names and/or logos placed prominently on labs and other spaces in the building.

Already, three donors have contributed to the initiative. They are:

  • Great Plains Ventures, a Wichita manufacturing company. The company will honor its founder, Charles Peer, by naming the Entrepreneurial Engineering Lab in the new building for him.
  • The estate of Ray and Delores Waldo. The Aerospace Propulsion Lab will be named in honor of the Waldos, who designated that a portion of their estate be shared with Wichita State.
  • Cybertron International, a computer maker in Wichita whose founders include two WSU graduates. Their donation will result in the Cybertron name being attached to three labs and studios in the new facility, as well as the building’s lobby.

These donors, as well as others considering ways to support the project, understand how vital engineering is to the kind of innovation that propels economic prosperity, Bowden said.

“Engineers do so much to drive the economy because of the technologies they create,” he said. “With the Experiential Engineering Building, we’re moving students beyond the basic skill set every engineer has. Our students also will graduate with hands-on experience and an entrepreneurial mind-set, which will allow them to more rapidly advance economic and technological prosperity, health and well-being.”

The Experiential Engineering Building will be the first facility to open on the Innovation Campus, an initiative by WSU President John Bardo to support job creation and a university strategy based on innovation.