Vision

Educating the engineering leaders of tomorrow requires a culture of innovation and state-of-the art facilities, so we've invested in both. In 2019, the University broke ground on a 150,000 square-foot Integrated Science and Engineering Center, home to cutting-edge laboratories and maker spaces. The University also announced the launch of The Schiller Institute for Integrated Science and Society, to inspire and build an enduring tradition of design thinking and innovation across BC. 

Slated to open in 2021, the Integrated Science & Engineering Center will be a defining feature of the University's largest single investment in the sciences to date. Highlights include:

  • Office and laboratory space for researchers, including engineering faculty
  • Engineering studio spaces to encourage design-driven activities
  • Teaching laboratories including computer science robotics and data visualization space
  • A nanofabrication clean room
  • Maker spaces where students can gain hands-on experience in protoyping and field testing
  • Collaboration commons for students and faculty to exchange ideas
  • Opportunities for engagement with the Shea Center for Entrepreneurship to shape a culture of innovation and entrepreneurial thinking as an integrated dimension of the BC formative educational experience
  • Close proximity to Higgins Hall (Biology and Physics) and Carroll School of Management to enable collaboration across disciplines

Named in honor of BC Trustee Phil Schiller ’82 and his wife, Kim Gassett-Schiller, The Schiller Institute will be a hub for multi-disciplinary, collaborative research that engages students and faculty in solving pressing global issues in the areas of energy, the environment, and health.

Highlights include:

  • New academic programs in integrated science, global public health, computer and data science, and human-centered engineering
  • The addition of innovative societal research and experiential opportunities to existing academic programs across BC
  • Opportunities for students to work in emerging, cross-disciplinary careers in areas such as the environment, health, and energy 
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Video: Watch Phil Schiller and Kim Gassett-Schiller talk about their vision for the Schiller Institute.

Integrated Science and Engineering Center

The 150,000 square-foot facility will house the Engineering Department alongside The Schiller Institute for Integrated Science and Society (SIISS).

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