MURRAY, Ky. (Oct. 20, 2017) — The public is invited to attend a dedication ceremony and open house for Murray State University’s new Engineering and Physics Building at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27.
The 81,000-s.f. building, located on the Gene Wells Ray Science Campus, opened this past August to students, faculty and staff at Murray State. New and enhanced features consist of a high bay engineering systems laboratory, a rapid prototyping center and various engineering and physics laboratories, such as thermal fluids, circuits and electronics, electricity and magnetism, mechanics and optics.
The building features Murray State’s Institute of Engineering, which includes more than 550 students in the University’s engineering, engineering technology, physics, mechanical design and telecommunications systems management programs.
The facility also houses the Dr. Gary W. Boggess Science Resource Center, which provides students with computer labs, presentation studios, interview rooms and instructional media support areas.
Expected speakers at the dedication include Jenean Hampton, lieutenant governor for the Commonwealth of Kentucky; Stephen Williams, chair of the Murray State University Board of Regents; Bob Davies, president of Murray State University; Steve Cobb, dean of the Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology; Danny Claiborne, chair of the Institute of Engineering; and Jesse D. Jones, Murray State distinguished alumnus and generous supporter of the University.
“We look forward to celebrating the new Engineering and Physics Building during Homecoming with all of our alumni, donors, legislators, faculty, staff, students and other Murray State supporters. This new facility further establishes our leadership role among our peer comprehensive universities,” said Murray State President Bob Davies. “This is also the final piece in completing the Gene Wells Ray Science Campus and is the home of our successful Institute of Engineering, which features a consolidated approach to a wide variety of engineering degree offerings that is unduplicated anywhere in the Commonwealth and greater region.”
The $35 million building was financed through $30 million in state funding and $5 million in private support.
Guided tours and a reception will follow the dedication. The event also coincides with the University’s Homecoming celebrations, which will take place Oct. 26–28.