Founders Hall and Innovation Hall
Founders Hall was made possible following a naming gift from Elon alumnus Furman Moseley ’56 and his wife, Susan Moseley, who are among the university’s most generous donors. The two-story, 20,000-square-foot building is designed to enable engineering students and faculty to transform bold ideas into prototypes. It will include multiple laboratories, including those for design, advanced prototyping, astrophysics, prefabrication, mechatronics and virtual reality.
Among its unique facilities:
The two-story grand atrium in the core of Founders Hall was made possible through the support of Elon Trustee Vicky Hunt and her husband, Sam. Featuring open collaboration spaces and assembly areas, tiered bench seating and meeting space for group events, the atrium is an inviting entry point to Founders Hall. It’s layout will support events such as guest speakers and receptions.
Engineering Design Lab
This large workspace with moveable tables will offer students in the Senior Engineering Design Capstone course room to design and prototype various projects.
Advanced Prototype Lab
Students working to prototype electronic projects will use this space, which is equipped with a large range of electronic tools and equipment including an advanced 3D printer.
Engineering Prototype Lab
This lab with two distinct spaces offers students the opportunity to complete advanced prototypes using a range of materials. Room 130 is a traditional manufacturing space with state-of-the-art machining equipment including a HAAS Super Mini Mill 2 CNC machine and a Wardjet A-Series Waterjet cutter. This advanced machining equipment increases the capability for students to develop sophisticated prototypes in hard rterials like plastic and metal.
Room 128 will be primarily used as a woodworking shop and is equipped with various power saws and a dust-collection system. The remaining open space is ideal for larger projects including composites work using concrete molds, carbon fiber, Kevlar and fiberglass layups.
Virtual Reality Lab
The VR Lab offers space for courses to come alive and the ability to research topics in previously unexplored ways as the technology advances. Professor of Astrophysics Tony Crider requested the VR lab to enhance astronomy and technology courses, through simulations such floating in the International Space Station.
Engineering students will be able to explore their computerized designs in 3D. There is already potential this academic year for engineering seniors to perform interdisciplinary research with exercise science faculty by examining bodily movement and physiological reactions to visual stimuli.
Like other IQ spaces, the VR Lab is open to departments and disciplines beyond physics and engineering where students will benefit from experiencing course subjects in 3D.
This lab will host courses previously taught in the Duke Robotics Lab, such as Circuits, Robotics, Signals & Systems, Microelectronics and Digital Systems. Equipment in the lab includes electronic wave form generators, oscilloscopes and robotics kits.
The three-story, 40,000-square-foot Innovation Hall will be the home for cross-disciplinary studies, equipment and research in biomedicine, computer science, physics and robotics. The facility also features cutting-edge flexible classrooms for biophysics and physics, and laboratory space for core engineering courses, bioinstrumentation, environmental engineering research, biomedical and environmental labs.
Among its unique facilities:
This lab deepens courses and research led by Professor of Physics Ben Evans, particularly in biophysics and exploring microscale processes essential to life, and by Assistant Professor of Engineering Richard Blackmon, for the Bioinstrumentation and Imaging course examining the physical principles underlying diagnostic medical systems. Three dark rooms on the side of the building will house lasers for greater research capability.
Worm Culture Lab
Equipped with a biosafety cabinet and sink, Associate Professor Scott Wolter ideated this space based on his into technologies for a waterless toilet that is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Working with Elon students, Wolter’s lab has focused on finding a cost-effective and sustainable solution for sanitizing wastewater in regions that otherwise do not have access to clean water and food. That research involves cultivating benign bacteria and worms to emulate dangerous and parasitic organisms that threaten life in the developing world.
Biomedical and Environmental Labs
Associate Professor Scott Wolter and his students will be conducting research here involving technologies including carbon nanotubes and vacuum chambers.
Additionally, Associate Professor Bethany Brinkman and Assistant Professor Will Pluer will use this space for environmental engineering courses involving water and water quality research, with those courses now offered through Elon’s environmental engineering concentration.
McMichael Science Center
Elon’s Engineering students have the advantage of first-rate computer and electronics labs in the $17.2 million Dalton L. McMichael Sr. Science Center, which opened in the fall of 1998 to house Elon’s expanding science program and support a significant undergraduate research program.
The 81,000-square-foot facility, which houses biology, chemistry, and environmental studies, features teaching labs, student research labs, computers loaded with the most current software, faculty offices, reading and conference rooms, and high-tech instrument packages.
These spacious classrooms and laboratories allow students to interact with faculty and other students and work on projects in the same area. In addition, data projectors allow faculty to use technology to enhance their presentations.
Hampl Engineering Workshop
The Hampl Engineering Workshop allows Engineering students to gain practical experience by applying principles taught in the classroom.
Students are able to build prototypes of vehicles and structures and test basic engineering theories. The workshop contains basic tools for metal and wood works, such as hand drills, hacksaws and soldering equipment.
The workshop, which is located adjacent to the Dalton L. McMichael Sr. Science Center, Founders Hall, and Innovation Hall, was made possible by a lead gift by Elon parents Bernhard and Carmen Hampl of New Canaan, Conn., and gifts from other parents.
To support Elon’s Engineering program, including the activities of the workshop and robotics lab, please contact the Office of University Advancement at 877-784-3566.