The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign today announced a $12 million commitment from alumnus Sidney Lu to build the Sidney Lu Center for Learning and Innovation within the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering (MechSE).  Located at the intersection of Green Street and Goodwin Avenue in Urbana, the five-story, 36,000 square-foot addition will feature an open-architecture innovation and design commons. It will include state-of-the-art tools and equipment, active learning classrooms and expansive areas for student collaboration that will support study groups and project team work. Construction is expected to start in early 2017.

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