Regents approve plan for computing and information construction


The new 163,000 square foot Leinweber IT and Information Building on the North Campus will bring together for the first time under one roof the School of Information and the Computer Science and Engineering Division of the College of Engineering .

With the schematic drawing approved by the Board of Regents on December 9, the state-of-the-art installation is being focused.

In addition to being an innovative learning environment for students, the facility represents a convergence of disciplines that will strengthen collaboration, foster innovative research partnerships and lead to the development of cutting-edge technologies.

“When we combine our expertise in computing and information, we can drive innovation and help solve some of humanity’s greatest challenges in modern medicine, transportation and smart infrastructure,” said Alec Gallimore, Dean of Engineering Robert J. Vlasic, Richard F. and Eleanor A. Towner Professor, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and Professor of Aerospace Engineering.

View from the north elevation of the new Leinweber IT and Information Building, looking west. (Image courtesy of Architecture, Engineering and Construction)

In October, the board voted to name the Leinweber Computer Science and Information Building facility in recognition of a $ 25 million donation from the Leinweber Foundation. The $ 145 million computer and information building Leinweber is expected to be completed in the summer of 2025.

Currently, the CSE and UMSI are located on different campuses within a few kilometers of each other. When complete, the new facility will eliminate the need for top talent to choose between working in a CSE or UMSI environment, removing barriers between like-minded colleagues.

This convergence of disciplines will also strengthen the academic culture, fostering the fusion of technical and human-centered perspectives in critical areas such as artificial intelligence, human-machine interaction, and information privacy and security.

“The School of Information is largely interdisciplinary and co-location with one of our core disciplines – computer science – opens up new opportunities for teaching and collaboration,” said Thomas A. Finholt, Dean of UMSI. “By working together, we can create and share information more effectively, with technology, to build a better world. “

A view of the south elevation of the new building looking west.
A view of the south elevation of the new building looking west. (Image courtesy of Architecture, Engineering and Construction)

Over the past 10 years, the number of students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs at CSE and UMSI has quadrupled. The new building will provide much needed space to meet the growing demand for graduates in computer science and information for research, industry and education.

“CSE’s academic programs in computer science, computer engineering, and data science are among the most dynamic in the university,” said Michael Wellman, president of the Richard H. Orenstein division of computer science and engineering and professor. of Computer Science at Lynn A. Conway. Science and Engineering.

“This installation will allow us to amplify our research collaborations with UMSI and to grow to meet the societal imperative to provide the best training to more future IT specialists.”

Beyond improving the research and academic missions of the UMSI and the CoE, the Leinweber Computer Science and Information Building represents a crucial step in the university’s carbon neutral mission. The installation is slated to include a geothermal heating and cooling system as a demonstration project.

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