Designing the Future for Our Engineers

To accommodate the tremendous growth of engineering and computer science programs over the past decade, we reimagined the Klages Dining Room as a robust innovation space where students gain creative confidence by working in collaborative multi-disciplinary teams on design-build projects. Renovations over the summer are now complete, and the new Engineering Innovation Center is officially open.

Engineering Innovation Center

If you would like to see our new center in person, interact with engineering students during their demonstrations, and engage with program faculty and alumni, we invite you to a special Grand Opening on Friday, Sept. 30, in the Klages Center (formerly the Student Union Building). It will include an open house from 7 to 9 p.m., with a short program and dedication at 8 p.m.

We are excited to cast the vision for the center, share appetizers, and inform the community about opportunities to assist us with our remaining equipment needs. Please register in advance for this free event (check the box for the College of Engineering event).

The Engineering Innovation Center offers:

  • 15,000 total additional square feet of space for our students

  • A 6,000-square-foot configurable “Maker_Hub” (collaborative project-build space)

  • A computer design lab

  • An additive manufacturing and prototyping lab

  • Environmental, geotechnical and transportation labs

  • A construction engineering projects space

  • A machine and woodworking shop, welding shop, paint booth and tool room

  • Project meeting rooms, conference rooms, and Senior Design studios

This remodel represents a pivotal investment in advancing our students as servant innovators and cutting-edge thinkers, providing them with a greater capacity to design, build, and test a variety of prototypes. Aware of their God-given gifts and inspired by the handiwork of the Giver, George Fox engineers are uniquely poised to bring creative solutions to the world’s pressing problems in areas such as energy, safety, health and poverty.

Engineering Innovation Center

Our students are eager to begin using this new space; however, much of the equipment they need is still lacking. This year, as part of the Promise Campaign, we have a goal of raising $1 million to ensure our innovative students are fully equipped to bring their designs to life.

Contact Robby Larson at 503-554-2130 or if you are interested in supporting the College of Engineering.


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