VIDEO: A Sneak Peek Inside Dartmouth's New State-of-the-Art Facilities Before They Open for the Spring Term

Be the first to see inside more than 200,000 square feet of new teaching and research space in the Dartmouth's hub of technology and innovation—the West End District.

Engineering and Computer Science Center

The 160,000-square-foot building will anchor Dartmouth‘s innovation and technology hub in the West End of campus. The center and related investments in engineering and computer science faculty recruitment are central elements of the vision advanced by President Philip J. Hanlon ’77 to foster interdisciplinary, inter-school, and intergenerational collaboration that will prepare future leaders to tackle many of the world’s most difficult issues.

The new building is home to:

  • A significant expansion of the Thayer School of Engineering
  • The enhanced Department of Computer Science
  • The Magnuson Center for Entrepreneurship

The Second-Largest Academic Building on Campus

As part of this vibrant district, the new center will expand expand research and learning opportunities for engineering and computer science majors, as well as every interested student, regardless of major. Scholarship in the new building will leverage areas of institutional distinction, such as cybersecurity, biotechnology, product design, energy technology, imaging, and machine learning. Academic activity throughout the light-filled, open, accessible building will be organized by research interest, not by departments.

“Undergraduates have extraordinary opportunities to partner in discovery and innovation at Dartmouth. That was true in 1964, when BASIC was developed here and revolutionized computing, and it continues today. With this new center, we are building on our points of pride and reaffirming our commitment to prepare leaders with an appreciation for the potential of technology.”

- Trustee Emeritus and Campaign Co-Chair Rick Kimball ’78

Experiential Learning and the Open Exchange of Ideas

Teacher-scholars from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Geisel School of Medicine, and Tuck School of Business will have opportunities to partner in the center’s scholarship and teaching, as the building’s labs will bring together faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates in collaborative environments. Dynamic spaces throughout the new building, including advanced, technology-enabled classrooms, labs, and makerspaces, will allow more courses to feature hands-on design, fabrication, and problem-solving experiences.

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The Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society

The Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society is a vibrant nexus for interdisciplinary research, education, and public programs to drive thought and action around our energy future.

Uniquely situated between the Tuck School of Business and the Thayer School of Engineering, the 55,000-square-foot building serves as a crossroads for students and faculty who are invested in meeting the future energy needs of societies around the world.

"We are in the early stages of a massive energy transition. The Irving Institute stands in a unique position to contribute to the thinking around all issues that energy touches."

- Raffiq Nathoo ’87 P’20

With the intention to obtain LEED platinum certification, the Arthur L. Irving Institute is the most energy-efficient building on campus. Natural daylight reaches 91 percent of the building's interior. 

The atrium forms a connection to Murdough Hall, providing a natural point of convergence for faculty and students from around campus who are engaged in issues related to energy and society. The building contains several teaching spaces, faculty and research office and workplace environments, research and demonstration labs and maker spaces, and a series of spaces designed to foster informal interaction between faculty, researchers, and students.

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