School of Engineering and Applied Science
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Wilsdorf Hall supports the efforts of the University to become a national leader in the field of nanotechnology research. Nanotechnology involves the manipulation and control of matter at the scale of a nanometer, or one-billionth of a meter. Nanoscience encompasses research that is crucial to the future of health care, information technology, clean energy and the environment, and advanced materials for applications such as transportation and defense.
The laboratories in Wilsdorf Hall house state-of-the-art tools and equipment enabling cutting edge research impacting the fields of medicine, nanoelectronics, and energy and the environment—areas that influence our economy, our health, and our world.
Completed in November 2006, Wilsdorf Hall serves nanotechnology researchers through the pan-university Institute for Nanoscale and Quantum Scientific and Technological Advanced Research (nanoSTAR) and is the expanded home of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and the Department of Chemical Engineering.
Construction was funded with a lead gift from Gregory H. Olsen (Engineering ’71), given in honor of two faculty members: the late Professor Heinz G. F. Wilsdorf and University Professor Emerita of Applied Science Doris Kuhlmann-Wilsdorf.
Information Technology Engineering Building
The future hub of information technology engineering (ITE) activity at the University, the ITE Building will serve collaborative researchers throughout the School of Engineering and Applied Science and across the Grounds. The new facility will help make possible the information technology research that will advance myriad fields of great importance to our society: energy and the environment, health care, public safety and transportation among them. In this building, research teams will tackle problems in areas such as high-performance computing, computer visualization, wireless communications, telemedicine, virtual reality, distributed multimedia and distance learning.
Its flexible space will accommodate growing research activities and student interests, as well as industry outreach initiatives. Plans for the new building consist of facilities for staying at the forefront of IT research, including multi-configurable classrooms, computer labs and a stadium-style classroom. A library, a cyber lounge, and meeting and study spaces for faculty, students and staff will help to build a cohesive community.
Made possible by a lead gift from Paul (Engineering ’75) and Gina Rice through the Rice Family Foundation, the ITE Building will help transform the University’s ability to excel in the vital area of information technology.