Viterbi School of Engineering undergraduate students will have a new makerspace donated by Dwight J. "Jim" Baum, the chairman of USC Viterbi's Board of Councilors, according to a USC Viterbi press release.
The Baun Family Maker Space will be a fabrication, design and innovation area for Viterbi students' engineering projects. It will be located on the ground floor of the Science and Engineering Library.
The makerspace will have a machine shop, a 3-D shop, a wet lab, a paint booth and a design space. Fabrication tools including 3-D printers, laser cutters and mills and software such as SolidWorks and Computer Aided Design will be available for students, the press release said.
Formal design will begin in May 2018, and construction is expected to start later in 2018, according to Viterbi spokesperson Amy Blumenthal. Blumenthal said the space will be open to students on Viterbi student teams.
"This will allow bringing under one roof a number of different design, innovation, fabrication and competition activities, currently dispersed in different parts of USC Viterbi facilities," USC Viterbi Dean Yannis C. Yortsos said in the press release.
The space will provide a place for engineering organizations like the Aero Design Team, Rocket Propulsion Laboratory and the formula one team to collaborate and work on projects at the same time.
Individual students can also pursue their own engineering projects between classes and after hours, when faculty will be available to help.
Rodney Yates is an instructional lab tech for Viterbi and advises the formula one team, which meets in the parking lot outside of the baseball field, because there aren't any other spaces available.
"I think all of the design teams and all of the advisors will have a much easier time keeping their teams uniform and all together and not spreading out all over the place," Yates said, "If you're working under the same roof you can see these things as you're building and see problems and attack these problems before they move too far ahead."