The Center for Design and Fabrication exists to serve students, faculty and researchers as an instructive facility where ideas take solid form. We are primarily a teaching shop. Our shop has machining, welding and fabrication, woodworking, and rapid prototyping capabilities. We support two initiatives.

  • Teaching. We work with faculty from any division of the college to add an enriching hands-on experience to their curriculum. Students design and build their own projects and gain valuable insights only available by doing.
  • Research. Our staff will repair or fabricate the specialized equipment that science center faculty and students need for their research.


We strongly believe that enabling a student to build her own project will enhance her knowledge in several unique ways. She will learn some basic craft skills, design principles, an appreciation for how objects we use in our personal and professional lives get created, and last, but certainly not least, our shop is a fun place to work!