Classes will begin in ISE Lab at the start of the Fall 2013 Semester. Those with offices and labs inside the building will begin moving into the space in Summer 2013.
The building has two wings: a research wing and a teaching wing. But, don't let those names fool you; teaching and research will happen in both areas. The research wing will house core facilities for teams of researchers, including:
It will also be the new home of the University of Delaware Energy Institute, the Delaware Environmental Institute, and the Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation. Faculty members, staff members and graduate students with ties to these institutes will have office space and laboratories on the top three floors.
The teaching wing features 4 problem-based learning instructional labs and 8 general purpose classrooms. ISE Lab is built for exploratory learning. Classes held inside will move beyond the traditional lecture format. Students will be challenged to use their knowledge in solving real-world problems.
Yes, a cafe will be located on the first floor just inside the main entrance. This lobby area will feature seating for relaxation and study. ISE Lab's design incorporates many such common areas to encourage students and faculty to share ideas outside the classrooms and laboratories.
Absolutely not! Every student is invited to spend time inside. Classes from any academic department can be held in the ISE Lab. The building was designed to foster community, with a large lobby area featuring comfortable seating and group study rooms on the upper floors. The many common areas will encourage students and faculty to share ideas outside the classroom or laboratory.
The University aims to expose undergraduates to the research taking place in the building and create opportunities for them to get involved. Large-screen monitors will broadcast actual projects in progress from ISE Lab's specialized research facilities.
The ISE Lab was constructed to achieve, at minimum, the standards of the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Silver designation. This represents a significant investment in environmentally friendly products, equipment and design standards. Green elements include:
The University of Delaware has a strong history of environmental research and education. It's not just something we teach, it's something we live. Classes held inside can utilize real-time data on ISE Lab's energy generation and consumption for class projects. The data will be readily available on Blue Henergy, UD's dedicated website on campus energy use.