This lab’s real-world testing capabilities are creating safer infrastructure and real-world professionals.
The success of students at Oklahoma State University’s College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology (CEAT) is built on the platform of transforming math and science into ideas, devices and processes that improve the world and advance business opportunities. Known as the CEAT Endeavor Laboratory, this facility’s real-world testing capabilities for bridges, buildings and more gives Oklahoma State’s 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 longtime partner FSB to spearhead the massive new undergraduate laboratory – an interactive, flexible and highly specialized building which will modernize OSU’s entire CEAT program and give the university a competitive edge among peer institutions.
A total of 17 undergraduate research laboratories spread strategically throughout the three-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/construction 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 senior students to complete the 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. Students in all of the college’s disciplines will work together in the individual labs, honing the interdisciplinary skills needed for them to succeed on the job. Outside companies seeking real-world solutions to engineering problems also will partner with CEAT students, providing mentoring and utilizing the new laboratory to develop products, improve processes and adapt technology to meet evolving needs.