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Students gather at the Guy Mace lab at the Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center.
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Students gather at the Guy Mace lab at the Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center.

MSU, Missouri S&T dedicate engineering space

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A new downtown engineering space was dedicated late last week by Missouri State University.

MSU's cooperative engineering program, a partnership with Missouri University of Science and Technology, is now located in newly constructed engineering facilities at the Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center, according to a news release. A dedication ceremony was held Sept. 9.

“Thanks to community support for our cooperative engineering program that made the new facilities possible, we can provide the training necessary for all our students to be ready for internships and careers in engineering,” said Tamera Jahnke, dean of the College of Natural and Applied Sciences at MSU, in the release.

The space includes a lab named in honor of donor Guy Mace, a Springfield businessperson who owns the Route 66 Car Museum. Other donors were Anderson Engineering Inc., Associated Electric Cooperative Inc., Olsson Inc., The Durham Co. and Toth and Associates. The donation totals and project costs were undisclosed in the release.

“The funding given by these donors helped us equip the facilities’ labs with everything our engineering students need to learn to become professional engineers,” Jahnke said in the release. “They will also continue to support projects that engineering students and faculty complete collaboratively in their classes.”

The Plaster Free Enterprise Center also is home to MSU's Efactory business incubator.

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