So, word around Spencer Lab is that the Department is gearing up to renovate a big chunk of the building for dedicated undergrad lab and design space. This rumor is very, very true. The project is called The Design Studio, and it will be an open-access, multi-use space for mechanical engineering undergraduate education.
MESS ambassadors and faculty are playing an important role in developing and fundraising for this new project, which we hope will be off the ground by Spring 2013. In the meanwhile, The MESS team has gotten a head start on the project by revamping the prototyping shop next to the lab (see pic).
Stay tuned for more news on The Design Studio.