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“Between the Currents,” an interactive sculpture, hangs from a floating frame above the centralized community foyer inside Weber State University’s new Noorda Engineering, Applied Science & Technology Building during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, October 7, 2022. The sculpture is made up of 119 moving origami elements representing the invisible forces of nature.

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Officials and students from Weber State University, state officials, and members of the construction and design team cut a ribbon for the Noorda Engineering, Applied Science & Technology Building. at WSU on Friday, October 7, 2022.

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Ryan Reidhead poses with his Capstone project Friday, Oct. 7, 2022, during a groundbreaking ceremony for Weber State University’s Noorda Engineering, Applied Science & Technology Building.

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Weber State University students David Rackham and Andrew Ormond stand outside the server room inside the Noorda Engineering, Applied Science & Technology Building at WSU during a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday, October 7 2022.

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College of Engineering, Applied Science and Technology intern David Brown assembles the First Lego League Challenge kits on Friday, October 7, 2022, during a groundbreaking ceremony for the Noorda Engineering, Applied Science & Technology Building in Weber State University.

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OGDEN — A sea of ​​purple flooded Weber State University’s new Noorda Engineering, Applied Science & Technology building Friday afternoon for a ribbon-cutting ceremony and tour. While students have been learning in their new engineering environment since the start of the semester, the space wasn’t quite ready to share with the public.

The state-of-the-art building, totaling over 130,000 square feet, features exposed architecture, open spaces, labs, and classrooms with glass walls providing tons of natural light.

Weber State electrical engineering student David Rackham said the new building is a huge step up from what it was before with a lot more resources for students as well as the ability to observe what’s going on. passes through different classrooms.

For mechanical engineering student Andrew Ormond, it’s not just the happenings in other classes that fascinate him, it’s the methodical design of the server room.

The server room, used to store, power and operate computer servers, is not housed in a windowless room in a dark location, but rather in a long, narrow room with glass walls adjoining two classrooms .

The sight of servers in action provides a colorful and fascinating sight, Rackham said. “It’s really cool.”

An interactive sculpture suspended from a floating frame above the centralized community foyer is made up of 119 moving origami elements representing the unseen forces of nature.

As the “Between the Currents” sculpture moved intermittently during the ceremony, attendees’ attention was drawn to the ceiling, including WSU President Brad Mortensen during his speech.

Mortensen said the learning and innovation spaces integrated into the Noorda Building that provide opportunities for students, faculty and staff to unleash their creative potential are game changers for WSU programs and the industries they serve.

On Friday, capstone projects of all types filled the senior project room where WSU faculty advisor Dan Magda was ready to explain the details of each.

Among the Capstone projects featured was one called “Going the Distance Tricycle” in which a three-wheeled device was custom-designed to help a young boy with cerebral palsy get around on his own.

Ryan Reidhead’s self-driving RV also moves on its own, making decisions and following courses entirely on its own.

The only control Reidhead has over his small motorized vehicle is to make it start or stop; everything else is determined by the $6,000 vehicle, which operates by signal.

“It’s quite expensive, that’s why I’m sitting next to it,” he said.

According to Reidhead, he paid for it all out of pocket while attending a robotics class taught by Jonathan West.

Admiring the vehicles at the same table was spectator Bob Harris, who said he thought the project was an “engineering marvel”.

Students using their new facility are to thank the Utah Legislature as well as the Ray & Tye Noorda Foundation for making the building possible.

Dave Ferro, dean of the College of Engineering, Applied Science & Technology, said he believes Utah citizens will get a great return on their investment with the state’s promising youth and economy.



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