A dedication ceremony was held Saturday morning, Oct. 1 for the new Hampl Engineering Workshop, located adjacent to the Dalton L. McMichael Sr. Science Center. A lead gift by Elon parents Bernhard and Carmen Hampl of New Canaan, Conn., along with gifts from other parents funded construction of the workshop during the summer.
Speakers included President Leo M. Lambert; Steven House, dean of Elon College, the College of Arts and Sciences; Rich D’Amato, associate professor of engineering; and the Hampls’ son Lorenz, who studied for three years in Elon’s dual-degree engineering program.
The workshop will allow engineering students to gain practical experience by applying principles taught in the classroom. Students will be 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.
Students in Elon’s dual-degree engineering program spend their first three years at Elon and their final two years at an engineering school, such as N.C. State University or Georgia Tech. Students in the program earn bachelor’s degrees from Elon and the partner school.