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School of Engineering

Student Design Center

Shape Tomorrow Today

The Need

As the School of Engineering continues to grow as a center of engineering excellence in the region, enrollment of first-rate students steadily climbs. With an increase in high-caliber students comes a need for additional space in which to design and create.

The School’s current space is no longer enough to house the wealth of ideas and activities our students are developing. Labs and work spaces in the School of Engineering are overbooked, which means many students must work on projects wherever they can find space.

The Plan

The proposed Student Design Center will provide much-needed space for students involved in senior design projects, collegiate competition teams, clubs and organizations. The two-story, 14,000-square-foot addition will include design team workspaces, a project prototyping workspace, an engineer’s alley and amphitheater seating to showcase projects, a conference room, and design labs.   

The Student Design Center will provide more than physical space. It will improve workflow, provide more hands-on learning and collaborative opportunities for students, and allow for better monitoring of work areas.

The Time is Now

Most of the $5.7 million needed for this project has been secured. The School has just 18 months to raise an additional $1.3 million to fund construction. Every bit of help puts us closer to the amount needed.

By making a gift to help “Shape Tomorrow Today,” you ensure the School of Engineering continues to be one of the finest, most comprehensive engineering schools in the region. More importantly, you will ensure exceptional educational opportunities for our students.

Give online or download a printable giving form. (pdf)

The Benefit to the Region

Investing in the students of the School of Engineering is an investment in local economy, and local and regional industry. Whether hiring our highly-sought graduates or by working with them as part of the technical workforce for the region, corporations and businesses in southwestern Illinois and the metro St. Louis area benefit from the excellent education provided to our students.

Various opportunities are available for corporate giving, from naming opportunities to matching gifts. For more information, contact Chandler Vandenberg at or 618-650-5020.

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“As an engineering student, you have so much going on inside of your head and so much you’re thinking about. The Student Design Center would offer everybody the tools they need to do the things they have in their heads.”

Alex Anderson
Mechanical Engineering Student, Galesburg, Ill.

“As the center will provide a space for students to work on their senior design projects, class projects and collegial competition projects, they will get a lot of hands-on experience in a safe and secure environment instead of working at their garages or in less than adequate conditions on campus whenever or wherever they find a space.”

Cem Karacal, PhD
Interim Dean

“Our students are doing incredible work now. We want to support them now.”

Chris Gordon, PhD
Associate Dean

View the Shape Tomorrow Today Brochure

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