Center for Innovation and Research

Step Into the Future

The Center for Innovation and Research in Engineering and Computational Sciences is designed to facilitate academic and institutional partnerships, inspire innovative ideas and fuel academic success.

“Specialized labs, classrooms, facilities and equipment will strengthen our STEM programming, enhance our research capabilities and provide opportunities for faculty and students to work collaboratively and make groundbreaking discoveries.”

- José Rafael Sánchez, Dean of the School of Science and Engineering
31,000

square feet of labs, classrooms & workshops

14,000

additional square feet of space to be added in 2024

The Next Chapter of Innovative Change

The Center for Innovation and Research in Engineering and Computational Sciences expands Merrimack’s research capabilities, promotes innovation and allows students to translate ideas into real-world applications.

This new building also sets the stage for major renovations over the next few years in Palmisano Hall, which currently houses the engineering programs. Merrimack is poised for its next chapter of innovative change, and this new facility is a monumental step in transforming our academic programs and the entire student experience.

The Center for Innovation and Research in Engineering and Computational Sciences expands Merrimack’s research capabilities, promotes innovation and allows students to translate ideas into real-world applications. This new building also sets the stage for major renovations over the next few years in Palmisano Hall, which currently houses the engineering programs. Merrimack is poised for its next chapter of innovative change, and this new facility is a monumental step in transforming our academic programs and the entire student experience.

A Space Dedicated to Civil, Electrical, Computer & Mechanical Engineering

Learn more about the Center’s new facilities and how this new purpose-built center will fuel collaboration, innovation, hands-on learning and research opportunities.

Modern Classrooms

Modern lecture-style classrooms designed to provide space for students to problem solve on multiple whiteboards, display projections in more than one direction and take part in collaborative group work.

Structures & Materials Lab

In this dual lecture/laboratory space — equipped with torsion, compression and beam testing machines — students study the behavior of simple structures and materials.

Geosystems Lab

Designed for lectures and laboratory work, this space allows civil engineering students to scrutinize building sites by analyzing soils and fluids using a pipe rack, digital load frames, direct shear/consolidation testing devices, sieve shakers and a drying oven.

Environmental Testing Lab

Using glassware and drying ovens, aspiring environmental engineers can measure oxygen demand, pH, turbidity, temperature and more.

Simulation & Modeling Lab

In these workstations, students work with faculty to develop simulation and modeling skills using design, visualization, and mapping tools such as Autodesk, MATLAB, SAP2000, Abaqus, and ArcGIS.

Makerspace Student Sandbox

Innovative ideas come to life in this multipurpose workspace where students have access to tools, our parts library and raw materials for exploring robotics, machine design and product development.

Prototyping/Printing

Complex 3D computer drawings become novel parts through the magic of 3D printers, a laser cutter and a WAZER metal-cutting waterjet.

Robotics Laboratory

Students explore the future of robotics with our Boston Dynamics Spot robot, a Pepper humanoid robotic system, VEX Robotics systems, a Teradyne testing system, and other advanced fabrication and testing equipment.

Fabrication Shop

Concepts become tangible as students fabricate physical prototypes using lathes, mills, tabletop CNC machines, bandsaws, grinders and other state-of-the-art metal and woodworking equipment.

Innovation Workshop

A space for faculty and students to test research ideas and potential products.

Electrical Engineering Lab/Classroom

This hub for hands-on practice and learning offers spaces for lectures in electrical engineering, as well as electronics and circuit design labs.

Electrical Engineering Workshop

Students, especially seniors, perform project work in this dedicated space.

Collaborative Spaces for Advising

The Center also includes multiple advising offices where students, staff and faculty can come together to collaborate and discuss design and project work. Advising offices are adjacent to the labs and makerspaces. 

By the Numbers

With 31,000 square feet of laboratories, classrooms and workshops, the Center will double Merrimack’s current engineering space – and serve as a hub of innovation. It will also improve Merrimack’s competitive position as a research-based institution with a focus on STEM and support our goal of becoming a doctoral and professional institution by 2030.

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State-of-the-Art Robots

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Innovation Workshop

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Classrooms

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Specialized Labs

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Fabrication Shop

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Student Makerspace

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Electrical Eng. Workshop

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3D Printers

Contact Us

Center for Innovation and Research in Engineering and Computational Sciences
Merrimack College 
510 & 530 Turnpike Street
North Andover, MA 01845
Phone: xxxxxxxx | Email: xxxxxxxx

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