Spring 2017
Gifts at Work

Anderson Student Innovation Labs

University of Minnesota students can now use state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment in the Anderson Student Innovation Labs to turn their ideas into reality. The 10,000-square-foot space, housed in the College of Science and Engineering (CSE), officially opened in March and includes a design lab with 3-D printers  and laser cutters, a machine shop (pictured), and a third space with a 3-D scanner and woodworking equipment.

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The labs were funded through a generous gift from Clifford I. and Nancy C. Anderson, who have supported students through scholarships and a number of projects in CSE, including the Solar Vehicle Project and the renovation of Lind Hall.


Professor Lorraine Francis, the U’s 3M Chair in Experiential Learning, examines a 3-D printed model. Students use 3-D printing for prototyping aluminum or steel parts.


The labs are used by undergraduate and graduate students. Zamshed Chowdhury, who is working toward his Ph.D., is a Professor Aldert van der Ziel Memorial Graduate Fellow and the Kevin and AJ KleinOsowski Electrical and Computer Engineering Fellow.


Nicole Sauer (left) and Katherine Schroeder, both undergraduates, are recipients of the Clifford I. and Nancy C. Anderson Scholarship.


“It’s awesome that we have these new tools,” says senior Tom Young, whose education is being supported by the Walter and Margaret Pierce Endowment Fund. “We used to have to find companies that would donate their time and services to make parts.”


Amelia Kirkhorn, a chemical engineering student and recipient of the Barb and Dave Yarusso Scholarship, passes the lab’s waterjet cutter. On Valentine’s Day, students used the cutter to make steel roses.