Grand Opening of Kent State’s Aeronautics and Technology Building Planned for April 24

Photo of Kent State's new Aeronautics and Technology BuildingKent State University will host a grand opening for the Aeronautics and Technology Building on Friday, April 24, from 2-4:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The event will celebrate the opening of the 55,000-square-foot building and the move of the College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology from Van Deusen Hall to the Science Mall. The new building will join other colleges and buildings, such as Henderson Hall, the Mathematics and Computer Science Building and the Liquid Crystal Materials Science Building. Construction on the building began in summer 2013.

Kent State President Beverly Warren; Robert Sines, interim dean of the College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology; and  Dennis Eckart, Kent State University Board of Trustees chair, will make brief remarks. There will be student-led tours of the new space with demonstrations occurring in specific labs. Attendees can tour the Air Traffic Control Lab, Sustainability Lab, Aeronautics Teaching Lab and the Materials and Processes Lab. Refreshments will be provided.

Sines says the move was necessary for the college.

“I think the students are getting a much better educational experience in the new building because of the new facilities, new equipment and new surroundings,” Sines said.

The new building is a part of Kent State’s Foundations of Excellence: Building the Future initiative, which involves the construction of new buildings, facility upgrades and establishment of dynamic and new spaces. The goal of this initiative is to create the most outstanding academic experience for students, faculty, staff, alumni and the greater community enriched by the university.

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UPDATED: Tuesday, February 27, 2024 12:18 PM
Amanda Knauer