In mid-March, construction began on a three-story addition to the south face of Talbot Laboratory. The new addition will be shared by the Department of Aerospace Engineering and the Department of Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering. This new facility will offer two new labs for students to gain experience with cutting-edge manufacturing allowing students to hit the ground running and start their careers innovating.
Altogether, Aerospace Engineering will gain over 6,000 square feet of space, including two new laboratories: the Composite Manufacturing Laboratory and the Steven R. Nagel Mission Operations Center.
4,000 sq. ft
Centralized facility for student projects and design teams for cutting edge manufacturing.
This will be truly transformative for the AE department. I’m absolutely convinced that it will greatly improve the educational experience not only of our students, but also of students across the College of Engineering. Any student who wishes to build something out of composites will be able to have access to this facility. So this new state-of-the-art lab will be the focal point of any composite-related on our campus.
Philippe Geubelle, former AE Bliss Professor and Department Head
2,260 sq. ft
Unique facility with a dual-use room, serving as both the control room for satellite missions and as an educational classroom. With state-of-the-art teleconferencing set-ups, it will connect renowned guests to current AE students.
We’ll have space to install equipment for vibration and thermal vacuum testing our satellites, in which we shake them to simulate what they’ll experience during launch and then thermally cycle them like they’ll see on orbit. We’ll be able to test all of the systems with the ground stations as well. We can test like we fly, and fly like we test. The control center, named for Illinois astronaut Steve Nagel, will allow the students to get actual mission operations experience sending commands and receiving telemetry from our satellites in low earth orbit.
Michael Lembeck, associate professor of practice in the AE Department and Director of the Laboratory for Advanced Space Systems at Illinois
The Talbot Laboratory addition project is designed to provide all Aerospace Engineering students the outstanding learning experience that is a long-standing tradition at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The project will have an even greater impact with your support.