Under construction since 2013; the new engineering and industry building is now open and ready to be broken in.
Thursday, September 10 at 4pm marks the ceremonial ribbon cutting for the new addition to the Anchorage campus. Those who attend will have the opportunity to explore the four stories, over 80,000 square feet, building in all of its state-of –the-art glory. After the ceremony spectators will have the opportunity to tour the new facility and it’s over 20 new and cutting edge laboratories. Students and staff will be present and on hand to answer any questions about the building and the new technology included.
Engineering students and staff alike are excited about being able to learn and teach in the new facility. Associate Professor Andrew Metzger is looking forward to taking advantage of the new facility. “There are no cons about the new building. I think it is safe to say that we are very grateful to have the building with its modern facilities and state-of-the-art teaching infrastructure” says Dr. Metzger.
Some of the state-of-the-art teaching infrastructure included with the building is a brand new video teleconference system, designed to aid with distance learning students. Dr. Metzger is expecting to see a lot of students enrolled across the state as well as out of state students. “We will be able to accommodate many more students outside the Anchorage, Mat-Su region; even outside the state! As an example, I have a student enrolled in one of my courses that lives in the state of Maine” says Dr. Metzger.
Professor Osama Abaza will be teaching in the new facility and is eager to conduct research in the new laboratories. Dr. Abaza points out that “It will be much easier to get grants considering the new facilities in the new building and our students will get hand on experience working in the labs.”
In addition to engineering faculty; engineering students are just as thrilled about the new facility. John Davidson, an electrical engineering student is happy with the growth of the engineering program and is excited for future students to be able to use the new technology. “They did a really good job on developing the engineering program at UAA. It’s like a shiny diamond for the new students” says Davidson.
The New Engineering building is located across the street from the bookstore and is now open. The ceremonial ribbon cutting will take place on Thursday, September 10 at 4pm.