This week, The Design Studio celebrated the official grand opening of this interdisciplinary design space. Housed in Spencer Lab in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Delaware, The Design Studio is a hub for design thinking, innovation, and collaboration across disciplines.
The Design Studio consists of 3,500 square feet of rooms on the first floor of Spencer Lab. The rooms offer various materials and project resources, including computers, 3D printers, sewing machines, and lumber. The Design Studio layout is across several rooms, with such names as “The Pit”, “The Fab Lab”, and “The Hack-A-Torium.”
The Grand Opening ceremony included several esteemed UD speakers, including an introduction by Delaware Design Institute Steering Committee member and Mechanical Engineering professor Dr. Jenni Buckley. Dr. Buckley spoke about the excitement and energy in the creation of The Design Studio and recognized the many supporters, from the students renovating the facility to the financial support from the College of Engineering, The Office of Economic Innovation & Partnerships, and the Delaware Design Institute.
Dr. Suresh Advani, Chairperson and George W. Laird Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Dr. Babatunde A. Ogunnaike, Dean of the College of Engineering and William L. Friend Chaired Professor of Chemical Engineering, and Dr. David Weir, Director of Office of Economic Innovation & Partnerships all spoke of the unique learning opportunity represented by The Design Studio. The space will be a student-centered place for design innovation, economic partnerships, and community outreach. As noted by Dr. Ogunnaike, The Design Studio will become a symbol for design, distinctive to the University of Delaware.