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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.