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Announcing the new Student Innovation Center
September 9, 2011
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Construction has begun on the new
16,200 sq. ft. Student Innovation Center (SIC), which will be home
to Rose-Hulman's Advanced Transportation Systems program and other
student competition teams. The current ATS automotive laboratory,
located on Indiana 46 across from Rose-Hulman's South Campus, is
being lost to make way for a new highway project.
Although it is losing its current home, the ATS program will
gain a new purpose-built work center which will feature advanced
technologies and flexible work spaces. It will provide much-needed
space for student projects, consolidate project space which is
currently divided between the south campus and Myers Hall, and
allow for the sharing of ideas, tools, and assistance between
teams. The SIC, which will open this fall, will be located just
west of the Facilities Operation Center.
Construction of the new SIC will also free up space in Myers
Hall, which will subsequently undergo renovations to add seven new
state-of-the-art classrooms. The renovation will address the
current shortage of optimally sized rooms, featuring seating for 15
to 25 students.
"Our competition teams will no longer be scattered around
campus. Bringing them all under one roof should enhance
collaboration and allow more students to get involved in these
valuable, hands-on experiences," President Matt Branam said.