Alumni Engineering Learning Center inverts education’s traditional model
By Tom Robinette
The elevator doors on the eighth floor of Rhodes Hall open to the future of engineering education. Step out and behold the aesthetics of an android’s dream: curving walls, open ceilings, high-definition monitors and complex formulas printed under large sheets of decorative glass. And every bit sparkles with the promise of unlimited possibility.
Welcome to the University of Cincinnati’s Alumni Engineering Learning Center.
“When we designed this facility, we wanted people to get off the elevator and say, ‘Look what UC is doing for undergraduate engineers.’ And through the generosity of alumni, I think we’ve succeeded,” says James Boerio, head of the Department of Engineering Education in the College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS). “This is probably the single biggest development in undergraduate education in the college since Dean Herman Schneider invented co-op in 1906.”