George Washington University (GW) has two goals this week as it unveils a $275 million science and engineering hall on its Foggy Bottom campus: to enable cutting-edge experiments in fields from biotechnology to civil engineering, and to showcase its ambition to rise into the front ranks of the nation’s research universities.
At 500,000 square feet, the building at 22nd and H streets NW instantly becomes the largest scientific facility among universities in the District and one of the largest in the region. Labs and classrooms occupy eight stories above ground and two below. Some rooms are devoted to nano-fabrication, for operations at the scale of one-billionth of a meter.
“I can’t imagine a stronger statement about the importance of science and engineering to America’s future than the placement of this extraordinary facility right in the heart of the nation’s capital,” said GW President Steven Knapp.
During the last decade, GW’s research funding has grown 80 percent, including the National Institutes of Health, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and Smithsonian Institution, among others, increasing the need for modern labs to further faculty members’ cutting-edge experiments.
Inside GW’s Science and Engineering Hall at three stories tall is a “high bay” that provides enough height and concrete strength to test large structures and inform how buildings and bridges can be built to be more earthquake resistant.
Outside of the GW Science and Engineering Hall, “students can connect lessons in instructional labs with real-world research at some of the most important scientific organizations in the nation’s capital, a hallmark of GW’s science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education,” reports the GW newsroom. “A new career center housed within GW’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences on the new Science and Engineering Hall’s second floor ensures that over the next decade, as STEM-related careers increase by 9 million, GW students are well positioned to be leaders in their fields.”
“We are excited that our Foggy Bottom neighbors are dedicating this state-of-the-art building to science and engineering, and that they are doing so in a way designed to encourage multidisciplinary research, which is so critical to solving today’s complex challenges,” National Academy of Sciences President Ralph J. Cicerone said. “Washington, D.C., has a long history of being at the forefront of scientific discovery so it is entirely fitting and appropriate that such a cutting-edge facility be located in the heart of our nation’s capital.”
Today, from the opening of the new Science and Engineering Hall at the George Washington University (GW), Siemens and GW announced a $30 million in-kind grant of software licenses to enhance programs in the School of Engineering and Applied Science and strengthen a long-standing partnership between the technology company and the university.
The in-kind grant builds upon Siemens’ existing partnership with the George Washington University.
With its U.S. headquarters in Washington, D.C., Siemens has worked with the university on a variety of programs including: recruiting graduates to build a talent pipeline in U.S. industries, fostering interest in [STEM – science, technology, engineering, and mathematics] through the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology, and executing energy efficiency and building automation projects.
The George Washington University
In the heart of the nation’s capital with additional programs in Virginia, the George Washington University was created by an Act of Congress in 1821. Today, GW is the largest institution of higher education in the District of Columbia. The university offers comprehensive programs of undergraduate and graduate liberal arts study, as well as degree programs in medicine, public health, law, engineering, education, business and international affairs. Each year, GW enrolls a diverse population of undergraduate, graduate and professional students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and more than 130 countries.
Photo Credit: The George Washington University’s Science and Engineering Hall
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