Heikkila Chemistry & Advanced Materials Science Building


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Driving Education, Innovation and Discovery

Watch it happen

Last July, groundbreaking for the Heikkila Chemistry and Advanced Material Science Building began and one year later it is amazing to see the progress. In one year, the three story 56,000 sq. ft. building has emerged from the ground.  The new facility is scheduled to open for classes in the fall of 2019 and we can’t wait. You can see progress on the building via the live HCAMS web cam.

Whether it's education, innovation or discovery that drives you, there are many ways to fuel your passion!

student with faculty in lab

First Class Chemistry

With curriculum across many departments and the new materials science program, faculty and students work to solve real life problems. In Dr. Kathryn Schreiner’s research lab students are investigating ways make biofuels more available in colder climates. The Heikkila Chemistry and Advanced Materials Science Building will further cutting edge research that leads to new discoveries that will change our lives.

Dr. Robert Carlson in lab

Center for Innovation

HCAMS will be the new home for the Advanced Materials Center which offers research grant programs for collaborative applied research in Materials Science. Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, Dr. Mary Christiansen is researching ways to reduce the carbon footprint of concrete. Students working with Dr. Christiansen in her lab are studying waste materials like ground glass to replace cement in concrete.

students in materials science lab

Education in Action

Engaging students in leading edge faculty research projects puts education into action. The innovative design of the new building and increased space creates more opportunities for faculty mentoring and interaction between students and faculty. Locating teaching labs next to faculty labs sets the stage for life-long learning.