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The Sobrato Campus for Discovery and Innovation

Opening this fall, the state-of-the-art, interdisciplinary facility
will change the way we teach STEM at Santa Clara University.

New Vision, New Facilities

Featuring flexible labs, collaboration hubs, an Innovation Zone, and on-site research spaces like the Latimer Energy Lab, the Sobrato Campus for Discovery and Innovation is a “living lab” for students.

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Innovation happens when different skills and perspectives come together to solve complex problems. The Sobrato Campus for Discovery and Innovation is designed to foster spontaneous interaction. Labs and work spaces are cross-functional, assigned to projects instead of disciplines. Complementary departments are grouped together to encourage organic research opportunities. Each section of the building has informal collaboration spaces with flexible furniture and equipment for a variety of projects.


This is a place where big ideas are explored and implemented. As one of the first U.S. universities with its own Maker Lab, Santa Clara has a long history of creation, and our new Innovation Zone brings that culture to the center of campus. With 30-foot floor to ceiling windows, the 3,000 square foot Innovation Zone showcases projects and encourages students to inspire each other. Additional research and work spaces like the Latimer Energy Lab, Imaginarium virtual reality lab, WAVE computer lab, and massive garages with car-sized entryways allow undergraduate students to participate in projects big and small—all while receiving direct faculty mentorship.

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The Sobrato Campus for Discovery and Innovation is a meeting ground for Santa Clara University and Silicon Valley with labs and work spaces supporting thought leadership, entrepreneurship, and global engagement. Undergraduate students get a head start on their career, gaining job experience and building a professional network through on campus projects and internships run by tech and life science companies.

Why It Matters
Made possible by a $100 million gift by John A. ’60 and Susan Sobrato, the Sobrato Campus for Discovery and Innovation represents Santa Clara’s commitment to be a world-class leader in STEM education.
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increase in undergraduate STEM enrollment at SCU over the past decade
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“You walk into this building and the labs are fully on display. Student work is being showcased and research is right out in the open. It’s designed to inspire, to help people collaborate and create.”

Shoba Krishnan
Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering


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Perception Defined

An interdisciplinary team of Santa Clara students work with Aromyx to help digitize taste and smell.

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Farming 2.0

Sam Bertram ’16, M.S. ’18 and OnePointOne harness the efficiencies of machine learning and fully automated indoor farms to take on world hunger.

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Leveling Up

Creating Cell-fie, a virtual reality game that teaches young people about biology, was a game changer for Grace Ling ’19, M.S. ’21

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Kristi Nguyen '21

With the support of a Kuehler research grant, Kristi Nguyen used deep learning techniques to help develop robotic sidewalk navigation and agricultural field navigation.

Read Kristi's Story

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“I want students to feel empowered to make the building theirs. This is a Jesuit university. We’re supposed to do experiential, active, service learning. So I want to tell our students: The world has some problems. How fast can you identify a need in society? Here are the resources, here are the skills, here is the mentorship in the labs so that you can go and tackle these problems.”

Daniel Press
Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
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