Facility will serve as hands-on learning laboratory for students
Cleveland industrialist and entrepreneur Dan T. Moore III has made a $250,000 gift to Cleveland State University to support the creation of the Dan T. Moore MakerSpace on the ground floor of the new addition to CSU’s Washkewicz College of Engineering, which will be completed in 2017. The official announcement will be made as part of CSU’s 2016 Engineering Senior Design Symposium and Awards Dinner, May 6.
The facility will consist of 6,400 square feet of open laboratory space, providing CSU students with access to the latest prototyping and fabrication technology to assist in transforming ideas into practical applications. The space will house high-resolution 3D printers and scanners, Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) equipment, digital fabrication tools, laser engraving and cutting machines, and tools for testing and designing electronic devices.
“I am proud to make this gift to help create a space where CSU students, faculty and the community can develop their innovations,” said Moore. “It is my hope that this MakerSpace will fuel a culture of creativity and entrepreneurship that pervades the entire CSU campus.”
“The Dan T. Moore MakerSpace will provide an interdisciplinary, hands-on engineering education beyond the classroom in a collaborative, team environment,” noted Anette Karlsson, Dean of the College of Engineering at CSU. “It will greatly strengthen the College’s core undergraduate courses in design and experimentation, providing opportunities for industry and alumni involvement and continuing the College’s legacy of developing ‘Ready-to-Go’ engineers.”
The Senior Design Symposium and Awards Dinner, which will be held from 5 to 8:00 pm in the CSU Student Center, 2121 Euclid Avenue, features a poster session showcasing over 60 design projects developed by teams of engineering students in consultation with faculty and local company representatives. Dan T. Moore will serve as the event’s keynote speaker, and the evening will culminate with the awarding of cash prizes to the top three Senior Design projects for the 2015-16 academic year.
“Our senior design program is a tremendous example of the hands-on learning that is at the heart of a CSU education and is the perfect venue to announce our new MakerSpace, which will only enhance our ability to provide experience-based opportunities to our students,” said Karlsson.