RWU honored the completion of the SECCM Labs building, now open for classes, with an Open House
By Anna Cohen
The Roger Williams community watched the building grow from the foundation up. Now, SECCM Labs is buzzing with activity. This morning, the community celebrated the building’s completion with an Open House, which included student-led tours and conversations with SECCM faculty and staff.
"This has actually opened up and enhanced what we're able to do. This is much more cutting-edge. We're excited to use it," said Maija Benitz, Assistant Professor of Engineering.
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"I actually have classes in here. I'm excited to use the new open spaces. The white boards and everything are a nice addition. Now you can work on projects really easily," said Jessica Jensen, an RWU senior studying computer engineering. She led curious students, faculty, and staff on tours through the three-story, state-of-the-art building.
The mood was upbeat as community members explored the laboratories for the first time. Onlookers asked questions of SECCM staff and marveled at the array of technology. While some students were there for the Open House, others were chatting with friends, working in the common spaces, or going to class.
"It’s definitely nice to have another building. There’s more space. It looks more high-tech, high-rent," said Jack Marchioni, mechanical engineering major and RWU senior, as he settled in for a class in the Electrical Engineering Lab.
SECCM Labs brings laboratory work to the heart of the Bristol campus, giving students access to the latest in technology and allowing the greater community to witness them in action.
"The big change is that the ground floor labs are replacing a space we were leasing in downtown Bristol. The convenience of having them right here makes it so much easier to work with the students," said William Palm, Associate Professor of Engineering.
We followed Jensen on a tour and learned about what SECCM labs has to offer for engineering, computer science, and construction management students as well as the greater RWU community. Check out what we found, and stop by SECCM Labs to see it for yourself.
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