University of Texas at Arlington Libraries has announced plans to significantly
expand creative services, spaces and technologies during fall 2015, when a
24-hour laboratory for Creation, eXploration and Innovation, or CXI Space, will
launch in the Central Library.
The CXI Space will launch fall 2015 in the Central Library.
CXI Space will be a “makerspace” built upon the expertise of UT Arlington faculty,
alumni, industry thought-leaders and the philanthropic investment of corporate
and private partners. Makerspaces are a fast developing phenomenon worldwide,
bringing together diverse inventors in a technology-rich space to create, test
ideas and innovate.
Bichel, dean of the UT Arlington Libraries, said the CXI Space is unique in
an ambitious plan that we developed due to overwhelming demand by students seeking
extended access to industry-driven technologies to prepare them for their
careers,” Bichel said. “The CXI Space will provide students with a competitive
advantage in the job market by extending classroom learning.”
Arlington faculty and students will have round-the-clock access to
technologies, such as 3D printers, 3D scanners and laser cutters. There will
also be simulation and digital media software and hardware, and robotics in a
hands-on laboratory for practical application of the theoretical design
concepts learned in the classroom.
L. Elsenbaumer, UT Arlington provost and vice president for academic affairs,
said the technology makeup of the CXI Space will address the needs of today’s
graduates in their respective disciplines.
will become better-equipped with problem-solving skills, technical expertise
and real-world experience in iterative design, data application and
entrepreneurial invention,” Elsenbaumer said. “The collaboration among the
sciences and arts will be impactful to the University and community at large.”
added the Central Library is the right place for such a facility because it is
open 24-hours, and because libraries have a long tradition of democratizing
is a natural extension of our mission, and an opportunity to serve an emerging
need of our students and faculty,” she said. “The innovative space will be a
collaborative laboratory for all types of innovators, inventors and
entrepreneurs wanting to apply and hone design process skills using
and makers-in-residence will enrich learning through applied projects and
of partnerships with nearby school districts will allow the Libraries to extend
an invitation to middle and high school students to experience the robust
learning environment. Future collaborations with industry and civic
organizations will shape opportunities for community access to this one-of-a-kind
Arlington Libraries is currently seeking UT Arlington alumni and industry
thought leaders to participate in focus groups and interviews to inform the
development of the CXI Space. Contact Rebecca Bichel, firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information.
University of Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive research institution and
the second largest institution in The University of Texas System. The
Chronicle of Higher Education ranked UT Arlington as the seventh
fastest-growing public research university in 2013. U.S. News & World
Report ranks UT Arlington fifth in the nation for undergraduate diversity.
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