This lab’s modern testing capabilities are creating safer infrastructure and boosting Oklahoma State University’s competitive edge.
The success of students in the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology (CEAT) at Oklahoma State University is built on the platform of transforming math and science into ideas, devices and processes that improve the world and advance business opportunities. This lab’s real-world testing capabilities for bridges, buildings and more give OSU engineering students a competitive, professional edge.
Achieving this lofty goal necessitates the latest hands-on interactive testing environment for CEAT students. That’s why OSU officials selected FSB to spearhead a massive new undergraduate laboratory – an interactive, flexible and highly specialized facility which modernized the entire CEAT program and gives OSU a competitive edge among peer institutions.
A total of 17 undergraduate research laboratories spread strategically throughout the four-story structure are focused on creating multidisciplinary, collaboration-based learning environments that prepare students for the real world work force.
The multidisciplinary labs are focused on sustainable buildings, fluid and air dynamics, thermal characteristics, material characteristics, sensors and instrumentation, and creating/making space. Open glass doors on each lab allow students and other visitors to observe ongoing experiments.
A multi-story arena allows for testing of drones and other autonomous vehicles, while video cameras are located at all levels, allowing students to calculate rates of ascent and descent, and collect other data as needed. Senior design suites are incorporated into the facility, providing space for students to complete their long-term collaborative design projects which are part of their graduation requirements and encouraging them to create their own technology to solve real-world issues.
Labs also allow students to initiate projects, gather and measure data, and study various elements such as schematic design, heat transfer and acceleration rates. CEAT students of all disciplines work together in the individual labs, honing the interdisciplinary skills needed to succeed on the job.
Outside companies seeking real-world solutions to engineering problems also partner with CEAT students, providing mentorship and utilizing the laboratory to develop products, improve processes and adapt technology to meet evolving needs.