Purdue University Northwest has opened the PNW Design Studio. The university says the studio provides creation, assembly and maker spaces that will serve student competition and senior design project teams, as well as provide support for students in PNW’s School of Engineering.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held to recognize the support of PNW alumnus Stewart McMillan and his wife, Kathryn, whose gifts helped establish the studio.

“The programs offered in and supported by this building will give students the skills needed to be successful in the working world – collaboration, working in cross-disciplinary teams, learning new tools and methods for the development and presentation of ideas, and ultimately the creation of innovative products and services,” stated Dietmar Rempfer, director of the School of Engineering.

Additionally, PNW says the studio will bring together students and faculty to help facilitate work on external projects in the community, throughout the engineering industry, as well as in northwest Indiana and neighboring states.

“Donors like Stewart McMillan, who are eager to see students today have the same opportunities they had, can elevate our programs to new levels,” stated Jamie Manahan, executive director for development and major gifts. “His own career has been shaped by the transformative experience of the education he received at our university. Our engineering programs would not be what they are today without donors like him, who remember and remind all of us of the power education has to change lives.”

McMillan works as an engineer and is founder of Valparaiso-based Task Force Tips Inc.

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