October 23rd, 2015

SLAM and Rutgers University Present at 2015 Tradeline College & University Science Facilities Conference

On October 19th, Kevin Herrick, AIA and Neil Martin, AIA of The S/L/A/M Collaborative presented at the 2015 Tradeline College & University Science Facilities Conference alongside Henrik Pedersen, Associate Dean for Academic Programs at Rutgers University. The presentation titled, “Engineering Facility Concepts for the New Teaching, Research and Recruitment Missions” presented case studies on three universities that focus on the STEM fields of study: Johns Hopkins University, Rutgers University and Old Dominion University.

As a big portion of talent exits the workforce, the US industry faces concerns on how to fill the engineering skills gap with qualified individuals in order to create an innovative future. Compared to other countries worldwide, the nation is falling behind in the number of engineering graduates. Schools of Engineering are adopting new methods of teaching resulting in a need for updated facilities. This presentation focused on how institutional design can encourage students to pursue degrees in STEM-related disciplines in order to reestablish the nation within the global marketplace of the engineering field. This presentation took a further look at what these three Schools of Engineering are doing on their campuses to not only recruit and graduate talented engineers, but how new teaching pedagogies are driving new building design. As outcomes of the presentation, attendees are now able to:

  • Communicate latest trends in maker space, innovation area and industry collaborations
  • Evaluate their existing school of engineering against benchmarks, needs and strategies
  • Interpret the space needs of engineering administrators
  • Connect how engineering strategic plans directly drive engineering space programs
  • Kevin Herrick is a principal and the Market Leader for SLAM’s Higher Education studio. With an extensive amount of international experience in the industry, he brings a distinctive set of skills to projects and a personal commitment to clients and project teams. In addition to award-winning design expertise, he possesses a broad range of project management experience. This unique blend of conceptual and hands-on abilities has made him a sought-after project leader at all levels of educational design.

    Neil Martin is a principal and designer at SLAM with an extensive amount of experience in the design and planning of multiple building types, with a particular focus on higher education facilities. A number of his recent projects, including LEED-rated buildings, have garnered design awards. He has served as a panelist at symposia on issues regarding design and planning of higher education facilities.

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