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A newly released video features personal stories from faculty and students to highlight the campus-wide impact of UD's ISE Lab.

ISE Lab impact

Faculty, students featured in video share how ISE Lab is making its mark at UD


3 p.m., March 4, 2014--The story of the University of Delaware’s Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Laboratory (ISE Lab), as told by those whose lives have greatly benefited from the new facility, is featured in a new video produced by University Media Services and the Office of Development and Alumni Relations.

“We wanted to capture the spirit of the building, which is seen and heard in the students and faculty who are learning, teaching and researching within it,” says Chris Sweeney, associate director of donor relations.

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The video features interviews paired with extensive footage of the interior and exterior of the building, offering an insider’s view of the ISE Lab. By highlighting the innovative design of the 194,000-square-foot facility, emphasizing its research laboratories and distinctive classrooms, the video illustrates the impact this transformative facility is having on the UD campus.

“Within the first week, students descended on the place, and they have taken [the Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Laboratory] over,” says UD President Patrick Harker. “This is really the hub of learning for the sciences and technology at the University of Delaware.”

Others featured in the video include Provost Domenico Grasso; Vice Provost for Research Charlie Riordan; College of Arts and Sciences Dean George Watson; College of Engineering Dean Babatunde Ogunnaike; as well as other faculty members and students who benefit daily from the ISE Lab’s presence on campus.

Harker and many others featured in the video took the opportunity to acknowledge the special role donors played in transforming the University’s vision for the ISE Lab into reality.

“We’re creating the future of the University of Delaware,” says Harker. “You [the donors] believed strongly enough in our future to support this facility, and we just want to say, ‘Thanks.’”

The ISE Lab, which opened in fall 2013, is designed to bring together faculty and students in an environment that encourages interdisciplinary collaboration and learning through the exploration of real-world problems. 

The facility features two distinct wings, yet is designed with the belief that research and education go hand-in-hand. The Bob and Jane Gore Research Laboratories house teams of researchers, representing a broad spectrum of academic backgrounds. The DuPont Science Learning Laboratories feature four problem-based learning instructional laboratories and eight general instruction classrooms, all designed to make learning a hands-on process. 

Watson said he is pleased by the positive impact the ISE Lab’s strategic design is having on current and prospective UD students.

“Prospective students and their parents will come on the campus tour, walk by one of these laboratory teaching spaces, and be surprised to learn that the students inside are having fun,” says Watson. “Everybody is engaged, and they are learning science. It will be a signature experience for first year students. We are going to gain national and international attention for the way we are now teaching science, and it would not have been possible without the generous donations we received.”

Additional naming opportunities are still available in the ISE Lab. For more information on how you can support this transformative building, visit the ISE Lab website or contact Beth Brand at  

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