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Karl Parks with a prototype rocket engine in the Wayne E. & Mary Beitler Leutoff Student Innovationion Center. Photo by Chris Jennewein

San Diego State University opened a $90 million engineering and sciences complex Tuesday designed to foster collaboration between students and faculty and across different disciplines.

The 85,000 square-foot Engineering and Interdisciplinary Sciences Complex features 17 research and teaching labs devoted to biomedicine, the environment, materials, energy, nanotechnology, bioengineering and wireless technology.

There’s also a 2,000 square-foot space bristling with machinery for student organizations to build their own projects ranging from race cars to rockets to robots.

Sally Roush applauds supporters of the new building.

“This building is about the future,” said Provost Chukuka S. Enwemeka. “Out of this building will come graduates who will go on to discover and develop ground-breaking technologies.”

University Interim President Sally Roush credited former president Elliot Hirshman with seizing an opportunity more than two years ago to fund the building and meet a long-standing priority. She called it a “huge alignment of bureaucratic stars.”

“Today as we dedicate this Engineering and Interdisciplinary Sciences Complex, we celebrate the insights and innovations it will inspire,” she said.

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, an SDSU graduate himself, said he believes the new complex will help the university secure a position among the top 50 public research institutions.

For many students, the new building is a dream come true for their own ideas.

Karl Parks, president of the SDSU Rocket Project, said that with “our own high-quality space to work in 24 hours a day,” his team’s rockets are certain to be successful.

Dan Jennings (left), Mariana Angel and Greg Essayan of Aztec Racing with their 2017 car in the new sciences center. Photo by Chris Jennewein
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Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.