|MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN|
MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN
The opening of the Engineering Centers Building our first completely new building in 30 years marks a new chapter in the college's history. It is our first facility designed from the ground up around the new approach to engineering education participative, team-based learning. The new facilities for working on student inventions, design projects and competitive efforts will allow the full expression of this crucial aspect of the undergraduate experience.
It will also usher in a new era of synergy and partnership between our student organizations, an important contributor to technical and leadership training. The student organizations area of the building brings our student extracurricular groups together in one place where they can exchange ideas and share resources.
With the move to the building of other programs including Engineering Career Services and Technical Communications, we expect it will become a center of student opportunity, leadership and creativity. Certainly, it will be a key element in our strategic objective of creating the best possible educational experience for our students.
The Engineering Centers Building will also be a premier research facility. It is designed to make interdisciplinary interactions between faculty and students much easier. Since many exciting advances in engineering science take place in the boundaries between disciplines, we expect this space to become a model for optimal research interaction.
This building would not have been possible without a great deal of hard work and phenomenal cooperation. First, the public-private partnership between the university, the State of Wisconsin and our donors allowed us to leverage private funds with state dollars to create a building that would truly meet our needs. The building's designers and contractors have done a superb job, as well as the university staff who saw it through to completion. Last but not least, I must thank my predecessor, John Bollinger. The Engineering Centers Building was truly his vision and became a reality thanks to his efforts, and the support and generosity of our alumni and friends.
We look forward to meeting more of our strategic goals including adequate space for teaching and research. Architectural planning is under way for the new Mechanical Engineering Building project, and we continue fund raising to meet the private component of the building's cost.
As we look back on a memorable year of achievements, our momentum is strong heading into the future. We thank our alumni, industry partners and friends for their generous, continued support. We share our successes with all of you.