The event is a full day assessment of what has been accomplished in the first five years of the Integrated Science and Engineering Laboratory Facility (ISELF) and an assessment of how the project-based-occupancy facility has been utilized.
ISELF opened in fall 2013 as a multi-disciplinary, student-centered science facility that encourages collaboration, experiential learning and innovation. It was designed to give students hands-on training to prepare for the workforce and businesses access to resources, knowledgeable faculty and staff and talented students.
The event features:
- 9-10:15 a.m.: Short presentations by faculty members on activities in ISELF’s core facilities – Visualization Lab, Imaging Suite, Clean Room, Statistical Consulting and Data Analytics Center, Prototyping Labs, Central Services, Classrooms and Event Spaces
- 10:15 a.m.-11 a.m.: Presentation from industrial partners including GeoComm and Semaphore Scientific on their work in ISELF
- Noon-2:55 p.m.: Short presentations by faculty members on the research they’ve conducted with students in the Integrated Research Lab
- 3-5 p.m.: Short presentations by faculty members on activities conducted in ISELF Laboratories – Histology, Microbiology, Senior Design, Robotics, Controls, Thermal, Materials, Optics, Circuits, Automation
“The College of Science and Engineering’s core commitment is to be a steward of place where students can experience hands-on training, businesses get access to research and faculty and staff can stay up-to-date on the most recent trends and needs of today’s workplace,” said College of Science and Engineering Dean Adel Ali. “ISELF is the College’s main tool to deliver on this accomplishment, and this Symposium is a celebration of the first five years of this tremendous work.”
The ISELF Symposium is open to the university community and the public with people encouraged to stop by and stay as long as they can to learn about the great work being done by College of Science and Engineering faculty and staff to make the building a resource for students and a steward of place in the community, said Experiential Learning and Outreach Director Stephen Janasie.
“This assessment is an exciting first step toward celebrating and highlighting successes and the use of ISELF,” Ali said. “As the vision behind ISELF continues to grow and flourish it evolves into a concept that is boundless to a particular building or place as the College of Science and Engineering continues to grow with future projects such as the Bioreactor.”
ISELF was constructed for $45 million and opened in the fall of 2013. A generous donation from St. Cloud Sate alumnus Russ Hagen ’64 facilitated the acquisition of advanced technology and major instrumentation in ISELF.
An increase in enrollment in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) majors spurred the need for more research opportunities and spaces where students and faculty could collaborate with Minnesota companies and earn more external support from prestigious funding agencies such as the National Science Foundation and National Institute of Health.