Rhodes Research Center Annex opens
Two months after graduating its first baccalaureate class, the Department of Bioengineering formally opened the capstone of its 2007 commitment to South Carolina students, jobs, and communities to provide a Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering through outstanding education and research opportunities.
The 29,000-square-foot, three-story addition to Rhodes Hall, home of bioengineering since its establishment at Clemson in the mid-1960s, is part of a development plan unveiled by President Barker in 2007 that includes campus-wide facility and information technology improvements.
The annex was designed for communication, collaboration, and networking among undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty. Its numerous laboratories include those dedicated to research to support the bioengineering BS curriculum. Among these are laboratories for undergraduate research in tissue engineering, bioinstrumentation, and biomechanics. Several other laboratories are designed to facilitate integration of undergraduate and graduate education.
The annex features classrooms equipped with the latest distance-learning capabilities. On the annex’s second floor are an administrative office for the undergraduate program and a spacious area that encourages informal networking activity.
“The annex is an exceptional environment for students and staff. It stimulates creativity and innovation, two keys to engineering education and training,” said Dr. Martine LaBerge, department chair.
In addition to meeting the needs of bioengineering majors, the annex hosts the Creative Inquiry experience in bioengineering, which is open to all undergraduates. A university-wide program to provide a discovery-oriented approach to learning, Creative Inquiry allows small groups of students to work directly with professors on current research topics. The program integrates research with skills in reasoning, critical thinking, ethical judgment, and communication.
Rhodes Hall Annex was designed by Michael Keeshen & Associates, Inc. and Atlanta-based Lord, Aeck & Sargent; ground was broken in November 2007.