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UW-Madison MakerSpace Talk and Tour

February 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EST


The University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Engineering is increasingly requiring students to complete hands-on projects as undergraduates. Lennon Rodgers, Director of the the Grainger Engineering Design Innovation Labs will present an overview of the MakerSpace and solicit feedback for ways to create engagements between members of IEEE and engineering students at UW-Madison. The talk will be followed by a brief tour of the Makerspace, after which pizza and beverages will be served.


The UW Makerspace is a community of designers and builders at UW-Madison within the College of Engineering (CoE). The Makerspace facilities include 25,000 ft2 of shop and flex space with a wide range of rapid prototyping equipment, made possible by a donation from the Grainger Foundation. Largely student run, the Makerspace strives to empower students by creating a community immersed in emerging technologies, focused on creating innovative products.

The Makerspace is a part of the CoE ecosystem of fabrication facilities, called the Design + Innovation Labs, which comprises the Makerspace (rapid prototyping), TEAM Lab (Technical Education and Manufacturing Lab – precision machining, fee for service job-shop), the Design Hub (a coaching and training service) and the Kohler Innovation Visualization Studio (virtual & augmented reality, 3D scanning, and data visualization). The CoE fabrication facilities combined are over 40,000 ft2, run by 9 professional full-time staff members and ~60 student workers. Each space contains millions of dollars of high-tech equipment. Students can build anything here – from micro to macro and from virtual to the physical.


Lennon Rodgers is currently the Director of the Grainger Engineering Design Innovation Labs at UW- Madison. Educatinos indludes a PhD and M.S. from MIT and B.S. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (all mechanical engineering). Previously he worked at MIT as a Research Scientist and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory as an engineer. All of his research is related to engineering education and modeling, designing, building, instrumenting and testing complex systems ranging from spacecraft to electric vehicles.

Speaker(s): Lennon,

6:00 PM — Introduction and Talk

6:20 — Tour of the MakerSpace

6:50 – 7:30 Pizza and Beverages

Note: Paid Parking should be available at Union South or Collego of Engineeriong Ramp. On-street parkiong is probably available in the area.
see this site for lot availability: https://transportation.wisc.edu/parking-lots/lot-occupancy-count/

Bldg: Grainger Engineering Design Innovation Labs, 215 N Randall Ave, (Formerly Wendt Engineering Library), Madison, Wisconsin, United States, 53706