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Heikkila Chemistry & Advanced Materials Science Building


On August 9, we celebrated the Grand Opening of the Hiekkila Chemistry and Advanced Materials Science Building. It was a beautiful summer day as alumni and friends along with some very special guests gathered together to officially open our beautiful new facility. We invite you to see some of the events from the day and take a look at the newest addition to the UMD campus.

The Heikkila Chemistry and Advanced Materials Science Building (HCAMS) will drive the future of education, innovation and discovery in our region and in our state.

Student and Faculty in Lab

Up to date education

Up to date facilities provides a up to date education by providing modern research equipment and facilities giving hands-on, real world learning experiences for undergraduate and graduate students to do research alongside faculty and to manage projects with area industry.

Student and Faculty in Lab

Collaboration, Collaboration, Collaboration

The design of building with open concept labs is all about collaboration. Students can interact with each other as the work to solve problems, seeking input from their peers. Teaching labs located next to faculty labs opens up opportunities for faculty mentoring. With the new Advanced Materials Science Program collaboration between disciplines through out the College and industry leaders means students are learning about the growing field of materials science.

 "I think the most exciting thing about the new Applied Materials Science MS degree at UMD is that it is going to help bridge the gap between scientists and engineers. So often, scientists and engineers are kept separate from each other, when what the world really needs is for these two disciplines to work together. This program offers an awesome opportunity for students from a variety of backgrounds to unite under the same goal, which is to investigate, design, and improve materials for the future."  - Mary Christiansen, PhD, LEED AP, Director of Graduate Studies

Chemistry Student Tour Guides

Materials Science Matters

Innovations in Materials Science impact almost every aspect of our modern life. The Heikkila Chemistry and Advanced Materials Science Building will be home to the Advanced Materials Center (AMC). From ground breaking research in construction materials to medicine, students will have opportunities to work with industry leaders and faculty in a field that will fundamentally change our world.