State legislators and University of Texas leadership joined Cockrell School Dean Sharon L. Wood and hundreds of alumni, friends, corporate supporters and members of the Texas Engineering community to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Engineering Education and Research Center (EERC).
"This ceremony marks the beginning of a new era in engineering education at UT Austin," Wood said. "The EERC will be a game changer for the Cockrell School, enabling us to improve what is already one of the top engineering programs in the country and creating more opportunities for our students and faculty to change the world."
Special guests UT System Chancellor William McRaven and UT Austin President Bill Powers, along with Student Engineering Council President Anuj Kudva, shared remarks about the importance of the building and its role in advancing engineering education in the state of Texas.
Opening in 2017, the EERC will serve as a meeting and learning space for more than 7,700 engineering students and 80 student organizations. It will also be the new home for the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
More than 280 Texas Engineering supporters contributed over $65 million to the EERC — the most ever raised for a building at UT Austin.
"This 430,000-square-foot facility will transform the Cockrell School and enhance the learning experiences for all of our students," Wood said. "This is truly a historic day for The University of Texas at Austin and the state of Texas."
One hundred years ago, the first woman to receive an engineering degree from The University of Texas at Austin graduated. Thirty years after that, the university hired its first female engineering faculty member, who was also the first female professor of electrical engineering in the United States. And forty years later, we established one of the first university-led women in engineering programs in the country and the first in the state of Texas.
For nearly a century, Texas Engineering has paved the way, rising above the rest in not only encouraging the advancement of women in our field but in systematically supporting it.
The Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin has received a $3.5 million gift from Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) to develop state-of-the-art teaching and project labs for the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The TI Laboratories will be located in the Cockrell School’s Engineering Education and Research Center (EERC), set to open in 2017.
March 7, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The Future of Texas Engineering
The transformative Engineering Education and Research Center will open in 2017.