A dramatic $8 million renovation of the Stark Learning Center equips Wilkes engineering students with skills relevant in the 21st century.The new facilities allow them to experience the fundamentals of leading-edge research in undergraduate courses.
The new, 15,850-square-foot Mark Engineering Center houses:
- additive manufacturing laboratories
- 3-D visualization space
- high-performance computing lab
- industry collaboration space
- two large flex labs
- seven collaboration spaces
- student lounge
- tutoring/student support space
- interdisciplinary collaboration space
Flexible features in the labs include moveable lab benches and partitions that can be adapted to accommodate various courses. Rooms for small-group collaboration rim the hallway. Flat-screen televisions and other equipment provide full audio-visual capability.
The center is named in honor of Randy and Robin Mark, who made a leadership gift to support the project. Randy Mark earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Wilkes in 1981. He is the owner and president of Pulverman, a global manufacturer of precision metal components located in Dallas, Pa. He has served on the University’s board of trustees since 2013.
The project was funded in part by a $3 million grant from the state Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program.