Volume X / 2021
The University of Texas at Arlington | College of Engineering
Engineering student Beatriz Meadows inspects a project in a makerspace.
Engineering student Beatriz Meadows inspects a project in a makerspace.

‘Design Corridor’ Development

In support of its new “career-ready” curriculum, the Electrical Engineering Department is upgrading its current makerspace to create a “design corridor” for students to work on projects and explore new ideas.

“This investment will bring unique and powerful capability to our students, providing them access to industrially relevant equipment,” says department Chair Diana Huffaker. “It will support hands-on training and competitions and serve as a powerful resource to support our entrepreneurs and MavPitch groups. With additional investment from alumni and donors, we hope to make our department renowned for its infrastructure and student preparedness.”

The department is working to replace obsolete machines with state-of-the-art, high-frequency electronics and powerful computing systems to support industry-standard software. The investment will also provide expanded access for students to explore real-world projects associated with their design labs. The department will include photonics and sensor projects supporting Internet of Things, biosensing, and energy harvesting.