The Sobrato Campus for Discovery and Innovation
is a state-of-the-art, interdisciplinary
facility opening in fall 2021.
The exterior of the Sobrato Campus for Discovery and Innovation (SCDI) building is nearly complete. Interior construction, mechanical systems, and electrical systems will be installed through fall 2020.
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 oversized entryways allow undergraduate and graduate students to participate in projects big and small—all while receiving direct faculty mentorship.
The Sobrato Campus of 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 and graduate students get a head start on their career, gaining job experience and building a professional network through on campus projects and internships facilitated by tech and life science companies and community organizations.
“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.”
Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
STEM at SCU
Are Computers Creative?
Assistant Professor Maya Ackerman’s app ALYSIA uses Artificial Intelligence to help people—anybody, really—write original music.
Space of Change
Listen to Maker Lab Manager Anne Hunter explain how her team plunged into creating 3D printed components for face shields for local medical personnel.
Creating Cell-fie, a virtual reality game that teaches young people about biology, was a game changer for Grace Ling ’19, M.S. ’21.
An interdisciplinary team of SCU students work with Aromyx to help digitize taste and smell.
The De Novo Fellowship affords students summer research opportunities that may lead to publication, and support to attend and present at industry conferences.
“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.”
Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
“The building design is all about spontaneous interaction. Projects will come up just through students talking to each other, where they had been isolated before. Students will be able to see what everyone else is doing. Once you let the walls down, disciplines grow together.”
Dean, School of Engineering