A groundbreaking celebration for a new building honoring and supporting the Carnegie Mellon University-ANSYS partnership took place on Tuesday, October 4, 2016, on Carnegie Mellon's campus.

The building, thanks to a generous gift from ANSYS, will become the hub of the College of Engineering's undergraduate program. Here, faculty and students—experts and experts-to-be—will use cutting-edge computational and prototyping tools that inspire innovation and creative problem solving.

The resources in this 30,000 square foot facility will firmly connect computation with making. This will expand the hands-on, learning-by-doing culture—the maker ecosystem—of the College.

By partnering, ANSYS and Carnegie Mellon will leverage greater use of simulation to empower future engineers, thus setting a new standard for engineering education and industry.

The focus of the making activity in the new building will be a large, high bay space where students will assemble full-scale projects and prototypes. Other features include collaboration areas, conference rooms, undergraduate lab spaces, training and lecture space, and office space.

President Subra Suresh and College of Engineering Dean Jim Garrett invited guests to attend the groundbreaking event. It took place under a tent between Scaife and Hamerschlag Halls at the new building site. A reception featuring student project demonstrations followed in Rothberg’s Roasters II in Scott Hall.

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