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Driving the Future

Autonomous vehicles. Cyber security. Machine learning. Mobile apps. Smart grids. Smart buildings. Energy systems. These are the technologies that are driving the future. Western’s new Advanced Technology Engineering and Computer Science facility will be home to specialized programs that teach the skills to tackle some of the most pressing challenges of our time.

Preparing More Problem-Solvers

We are committed to providing more graduates in high demand fields. Our focus on small classes, interdisciplinary approaches, hands-on learning, and student participation in faculty-led research is a strategic advantage when it comes to preparing the next generation of innovators and problem-solvers. 

We are also committed to inclusive success. We understand that more people of all cultures, backgrounds, and experience need to come together to solve problems. Diversity of perspective is key to shaping a sustainable future.  

Technology represented by an icon of a light bulbENERGY

INCREASED CAPACITY to meet emerging needs in the energy industry through academic programs in business, economics, policy, and energy technology, science, and engineering

Technology represented by an icon of a CPUTECHNOLOGY

INCREASED CAPACITY to meet needs in the IT sector through academic programs in computer engineering, electrical engineering, and computer science

Aerospace represented by a flying airplane iconAEROSPACE

INCREASED CAPACITY to meet emerging needs in the aerospace industry through academic programs in engineering, manufacturing, and supply chain management

Transporation represented by an icon of a truckTRANSPORATION

INCREASED CAPACITY to meet emerging needs in the transportation sector through academic programs in computer engineering, electrical engineering, and systems engineering

Connecting Industry to Education

Western’s new Advanced Technology Engineering and Computer Science building is a direct response to the needs of Washington state industries and employers. The new facility will be a place for collaboration and connection with spaces that foster innovation, investigation, and inspiration.  Physically and culturally accessible, it will be a hub where industry experts, faculty, and students come together to co-create the technology and engineering solutions for today and tomorrow.

Funding the New Facility

Western has already received $2 million for pre-design and partial design from the Washington State legislature. The State intends provide $46 million for design and construction in the next budget cycle if Western can provide a portion of the construction cost through private support.  

The Western Washington University Foundation has launched a $20 million capital campaign to help fund construction. Pledges of financial support must be confirmed by September 2020 however they do not need to be paid in full until March of 2023.

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Multiple Naming Opportunities

Examples include:

Student-Centered Study and Work Commons

Student-Centered Study and Work Commons

R&D

R&D/Interdisciplinary Collaborative Spaces and Class Rooms

Career Connections

Career Connections Center, Event Spaces, & Lecture Halls

Frequently Asked Questions

Manca Valum

Manca Valum, ​Senior Director of Advancement for Strategic Initiatives

Manca is here to answer questions about how you can support Western Washington University at 360.650.6542 or Manca.Valum@wwu.edu.