Standing for Innovation, Design, Engineering and Applied Science, the IDEAS Hub is a $4.5 million, 8,000-square-foot space outfitted with leading-edge tools including robotics and drone stations, additive manufacturing and more. It is a collaborative and creative engineering space that empowers students and faculty with the tools to bring their ideas to life. Open to students among all majors, the space puts into practice the theory of interdisciplinary collaboration to identify and solve problems. The Hub represents true flexibility in an attractive and functional space.
The space was designed in a way to maximize natural light as well as maximize flexibility. The overhead grid supplies power, data and compressed air to the mobile casework below, and also acts as support for motion capture cameras and specialty lighting. The IDEAS Hub can be enlarged or divided with the utilization for folding glass partitions, allowing for classes to be taking place in one end of the space while students continue to build and test robotics at the other end. The Hub represents true flexibility in an attractive and functional space.