Rapid Prototyping to Address Real-Life Challenges
As Missouri’s leading STEM public university, Missouri University of Science and Technology’s researchers focus on the real-life engineering needs of the state, including cyber systems, energy, the environment and manufacturing. In renovating and expanding Toomey Hall for the university’s largest department – Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering – a key goal was the creation of a stimulating environment that incorporated new learning techniques in to the research process.
This is a landmark facility that enables problem-based learning in a truly innovative learning environment.
Small classes maximize student participation, and the lab component encourages hands-on learning and undergraduate research. Teams take actual issues and brainstorm solutions, bringing concepts through to prototyping and product development and making multi-media presentations to faculty and industry groups from the state-of-the-art video communications center.
The project embraces the school’s strategic plan to identify and leverage new economic opportunities for the region by inspiring creative thinking, raising visibility, ensuring return of investment and increasing meaningful interaction.