On November 6, SDSU broke ground on its newest building: the Engineering and Interdisciplinary Science (EIS) complex. This building will feature 85,000 square feet of space dedicated to research, collaboration and innovation. The complex is a major part of the SDSU’s goal of becoming one of the top 50 public research universities in the country. It is designed for flexibility and to encourage collaboration among students and faculty alike. Completion of the project is scheduled for 2018.
The complex will host several established research centers including the Viromics Institute, the Smart Health Institute, and an imaging laboratory for brain research. Other research areas will include biomedical engineering, renewable energy systems and wireless communication, with more directions to be identified as planning for the building evolves. The initial 17 labs have been built specifically to offer flexibility for the future.
The College of Health and Human Services will be part of this exciting complex. Several areas of research within the Schools for Exercise and Nutritional Sciences and Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences use brain imaging for their projects. Faculty from CHHS will also be part of the Smart Health Institute. The complex will also house the William E. Leonhard Entrepreneuership Center. This center will contain two programs designed to bring faculty and stu- dent innovations to market. The Zahn Innovation Platform (ZIP) will bring business mentoring and prototyping and design experience to researchers with ideas ready for real-world appli- cation. The ZIP was instrumental in helping ENS professor Dan Goble move from research to prototype to commercial sales of his innovative balance testing system for diagnosing athlete concussions quickly and on-site, helping coaches make smart decisions about the need for medical treatment. The Lavin Entrepreneurship Center will bring in industry experts to offer curriculum guidance and an insider look at how markets are evolving.
“The EIS complex will create a crossroads for the STEM disciplines and a focal point for our entrepreneurship efforts—a place to meet, to team up and to dream”, said President Elliot Hirschman The building’s open, modular floor plan will help build collaboration, as will the mobile furniture, glass walls, coffee shop and communal whiteboards in the hallways for spur-of-the-moment brainstorming. The Thomas B. Day quad, named for the sixth SDSU president, will provide outdoor space for collabortion.
As with the Aztec Student Union, the EIS Complex designers are also keeping environmental concerns in mind and they will seek LEED Certification for the complex.
For additional information about the EIS building, visit http://eis.sdsu.edu for additional news stories, videos and drawings of the complex.
Creating an innovative space for collaboration among faculty and students in engineering, sciences and health has taken careful planning and the results promise to be exciting for the students studying and pursuing research in the new building. Their research projects hold great promise for the future of the wider community as well. With a focus on solving practical, real world problems, this research could easily lead to solutions for sustainable energy or clean water. Your help is needed to make these grand dreams into reality. Please consider a gift of any size to support this vision. Contact Rebecca Williamson, development officer at 619-594-2868 or firstname.lastname@example.org, use the form on the back page of The Pulse or visit the online giving option on the www.sdsu.edu website.