As ever more students are interested in a Purdue Engineering education, the campus’ largest academic facility construction under planning is the Gateway complex for the College of Engineering and the Purdue Polytechnic Institute. Two new buildings, spanning the current footprints of the Nuclear Engineering Building and Michael Golden Laboratories, and an updated Potter Hall will constitute the overall Gateway Complex.
If the financing is approved, both older, single-story buildings will be demolished and construction of a modern, four-story facility will begin in 2020.
Hands-On, Online, Data Literacy
Designed around active learning and experiential project-based instructional laboratories, the building will feature design studios for senior capstone projects, collaborative spaces for students and interdisciplinary instructional and research space specifically related to advanced manufacturing. A digital infrastructure and virtual laboratories will help transfer on-campus learning to the online world.
Several schools and academic programs are planning to find homes in the new facility. This new Gateway will be especially appealing to new students. A student success center with academic advisors will house a variety of educational programs from both colleges.
“This new facility will transform this section of campus, providing a welcoming, inviting and supportive community for visitors and students,” says Robert Frosch, senior associate dean of facilities and operations for the College of Engineering and professor of civil engineering.
In addition to virtual labs for online learning and project-based teaching spaces, education efforts in the literacy of big data will also be enabled by the Gateway. For example, the Data Mind graduation requirement is being added to all engineering degrees from Purdue. Another example is a campus-wide effort led by Polytechnic in launching a certificate in applications of data science. It is anticipated that many engineering and technology students will be learning about such applications.