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Campus Currents May 2007: Volume 4, Number 2

The Transformation of EBU 1

Ever wondered what goes on in the Jacobs School of Engineering—bridge design, earthquake testing, robotics? Well wonder no more. Simply come back to campus, saunter into the lobby of Jacobs Hall and take a gander at the electronic displays on the walls. (Originally called EBU-1, the building was renamed in honor of Irwin and Joan Jacobs.)

The entry was remodeled this year to create a welcoming new space for students, faculty and visitors. The new atrium lobby includes a digital gallery, serving as both a living laboratory for visualization research, and a showcase for innovation throughout the Jacobs School. It will include a large, multi-tiled display known as the HIPerSpace Wall, as well as a peripheral-free 3D video screen, webcams and other technologies.

There is also a new Qualcomm Conference Center, made possible by a gift from the company—a 120-seat auditorium that will provide space for educational programs, meetings and special events. Adjacent to the conference room and lobby are new administrative homes for the Bernard and Sophia Gordon Engineering Leadership Center, the von Liebig Center for Entrepreneurism and Technology Advancement, and Jacobs School Engineering Student Services.

óCheryl Harris