Oral Roberts University’s engineering department recently renovated areas for a machine shop and labs.
An open house was held on April 12 on the first floor of the Learning Resources Center to show the renovations, which were made possible through a $250,000 grant from the Helmerich Foundation.
The students will get a larger machine shop and labs with more equipment that will be used for projects and classes. The new machine shop includes 5,000 square feet of workspace to be used by all engineering students. A computer lab will also be located within the shop.
One of the projects to be built in the new machine shop is a formula SAE racecar. This car is a multi-year project intended to eventually be submitted to a competition.
Two engineering labs also received renovations. Each lab received new instruments, furniture, computers, tables, projectors, white boards, floors and countertops, and are projected to be finished later this semester.
Both the machine shop and the labs are located on the first floor of the Learning Resource Center.