Slated to open in fall 2023, this building will provide state-of-the-art labs for instruction in computer science, data science, and engineering. It also will create a single home for the College of Engineering’s largest academic department: computer science now enrolls about 1,700 undergraduates.
Opened in July 2019, the Engineering Innovation Building is our newest engineering facility. It houses the chemical engineering department along with a high-bay structural lab that is the only one of its kind in northern Illinois. The lab facilitates the development and testing of large-scale components that can help buildings, roads, and bridges to better withstand natural and man-made disasters.
The Nanotechnology Core Facility is a versatile device-fabrication facility used by researchers from academia, industry, and nonprofits. Housed in the Engineering Research Facility building, this facility supports research and development by providing access, training, service, and process guidance on its full range of fabrication and characterization equipment.
The MakerSpace is a hub of creation at UIC Engineering. Here, students can access several varieties of 3D printers, CNC mills, laser cutters, photography and scanning equipment, specialized printers for stickers and vinyl, electronics, and more. Three courses — one on additive manufacturing, one on subtractive manufacturing, and one on CNC mills and electronic test equipment — are offered in the MakerSpace.
The Innovation Center brings real-world problem solving to the UIC campus. Companies and organizations sponsor courses based on the engineering, business, and design challenges they are trying to solve. Then, under the direction of a UIC faculty member, teams of students from across the university come together to brainstorm, analyze, create, and present implementation-ready plans to the company.