The Engineering Center at CU-Boulder is located at the corner of Colorado Avenue and Regent Drive, where it marks the eastern gateway to the Boulder campus.
The center comprises 660,000 square feet of classrooms, computing facilities, faculty offices, and research laboratories in an architecturally distinctive and thoroughly modern building. The center is home to the nation's largest geotechnical centrifuge, ion-implantation and microwave-propagation facilities, several clean rooms, low-turbulence wind tunnels, spectrometers, electron and other microscopes, and a structural analysis facility.
Each department is extensively supported by networked computers, and computers are available throughout the center for student use. A wireless network provides wireless Internet access throughout the complex.
The Idea Forge is a flexible, cross-disciplinary collaborative space where students can imagine, design, create, and test products and solutions to meet a range of societal and customer needs. The space includes Design Center Colorado and supports student teams working on invention and innovation as part of courses, as well as design and development driven by entrepreneurial-minded individuals and service-oriented groups such as Engineers Without Borders. With all these students working side-by-side, the Idea Forge boosts student learning through collaborative, hands-on experience, while supporting industry interaction through scheduled workshops as well as spontaneous exchanges. This unique space prepares our students to start the future companies that will fuel Colorado’s economy and workforce.
The Integrated Teaching and Learning Laboratory (ITLL) is a state-of-the-art undergraduate design facility that was added to the Engineering Center in 1997. The ITLL provides 34,400 square feet where students can engage in hands-on design activities, including an open, airy plaza that facilitates interdisciplinary, team-based projects, along with manufacturing and electronics centers where students can create what they dream. Hewlett-Packard Company, one of the college's key industry sponsors, has called the ITLL "one of the finer teaching environments on the planet."
The Discovery Learning Center (DLC), which opened in 2002, offers 45,000 square feet of space to be used for research activities involving collaborative teams of students, faculty and industry partners. This technologically advanced center is home to 12 engineering research centers and is a focal point for a college-wide initiative promoting undergraduate involvement in research. The DLC is linked with pedestrian bridges to the ITLL and the rest of the Engineering Center.
The Leonard H. Gemmill Engineering Library, located in the Mathematics Building at the west edge of the Engineering Village, is the largest branch of the University Libraries outside of Norlin Library and features more than 155,000 printed volumes and 96,000 microforms. The library, which opened in 1992, also offers electronic access to information sources around the world.
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The Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology Building is the newest location for the College of Engineering and Applied Science, found on CU-Boulder's East Campus. This revolutionary biotechnology and biomedical research and teaching facility offers the opportunity for a wide swath of researchers to collaborate on a variety of pressing human health challenges ranging from cancer, aging, and cardiovascular disease to inherited diseases, vaccine development, and tissue engineering. The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering is among the groups located in this new facility.