Mechanical engineering dedicates new facilities
Nearly 700 people turned out April 25 for the grand opening and
dedication of the University's new mechanical engineering facilities.
The daylong festivities—which included a robot show, reception,
and ribbon-cutting ceremony—concluded with a banquet at the
McNamara Alumni Center.
"The new ME building was the first one on this campus with the
year '2000' on its cornerstone, and I believe this symbolizes
the exciting frontiers being explored in our research laboratories,"
department head Peter McMurry told the crowd at the ribbon-cutting
ceremony. "The energy and creativity that made us a leading
department continues full force."
University president Mark Yudof, IT dean H. Ted Davis, and former
Minnesota governor Arne Carlson were also on hand for the ceremony.
Renovation of the old building and new construction have yielded
a facility with 42,000 additional square feet of space, an increase
of 50 percent. The building features updated laboratories, designated
space where students can study, work, and interact, and a layout
that encourages collaboration among faculty with related research
Total cost of the project was $22.5 million, of which $9.5 million
came from private donors.