From Vision to Reality…A New Student-focused Innovation Center at Clemson University

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Speaker:                   Charles Watt, Barbara Speziale, Floyd Cline
Track:                        Innovating Projects
Topic:                        From Vision to Reality…A New Student-focused Innovation Center at Clemson University
Description:          Clemson University’s new Watt Family Innovation Center (WFIC) provides a unique environment in which advanced instructional technologies foster student engagement and industry partnerships that address real-world complex problems. The building’s design fully supports the WFIC vision. Raised floors and demountable walls allow rooms to be rapidly reconfigured. Audio and video outputs from the 191 touch-controlled large-screen monitors can be shared in any room. Collaboration software enables simultaneous editing of files by multiple users. Industry partners contributed to the building and support research on smart buildings. The WFIC design supports Clemson’s 2020 plan, drives curricular innovations, and enhances leading-edge research. The objectives of the session are to: Demonstrate the power of vision and engaged stakeholder involvement in achieving success on behalf of students; Illustrate how a building design, state-of-the-art technology and private partnerships can advance innovations in curriculum and research; and Share the story how this project successfully moved from an idea to a reality.

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