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Brendan Iribe Center for Computer Science and Engineering

Capital Projects

As we invest in our students, faculty and programs, we must also invest in the spaces their research, education and advancements take place. This includes investing in Capital Projects that deliver on our land-grant mission of service to the state and nation, build state-of-the-art facilities for our students and faculty to bring their Fearless ideas to life, support outstanding student-athletes and bolster a vibrant campus with community impact.

IDEA Factory

A space where the greatest minds of our time will work together to create engineering breakthroughs and solve the most pressing challenges of the 21st century.

Because we recognize that creativity is organic, we are designing a building that is unconventional in every way. In fact, the IDEA Factory will be drastically different from any other building on campus. The building design will spark innovation, encouraging a collision of ideas across engineering as well as the arts, business and science. Its movable walls and shared spaces will promote dialogue between students, entrepreneurs and faculty who are working in diverse fields such as multimedia, robotics, transportation, rotorcraft and quantum engineering.

Its unique spaces and labs will enable students, faculty and staff to address 21st century challenges while also serving as venues to translate basic research into invention and invention into product. Welcome to the future.

New Cole Field House

A major expansion and re-envisioning of Cole Field House as a hub for athletics, academics and research will open a new chapter in the history of the university landmark.

For nearly half a century, Cole Field House hosted historic matchups and national championships that celebrated the best of sports. Now, a revitalized and expanded facility will build on that legacy. The new Cole will be a real-world living laboratory of sport science where innovators, doctors, athletes and trainers converge to study and treat sports injuries of all kinds.

Brendan Iribe Center for Computer Science and Engineering

The Iribe Center is boldly proclaiming Maryland’s commitment to leadership in technology.

Launched by the largest single gift in the university’s history—from the co-founder of virtual reality firm Oculus VR—this 215,600-square-foot building features inviting classrooms with flexible spaces that promote interactive and collaborative learning. Makerspaces and specialized labs allow students and faculty to innovate in artificial intelligence, human-computer interaction and wearable technologies. The Iribe Center is advancing UMD’s expertise in augmented and virtual reality, fields of extraordinary promise and potential for doctors, educators, defense personnel and others.

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