Let’s start with the bad news. As of Fall term 2012, MIME students will no longer be able to rely on the treks between the School’s administrative offices in Rogers Hall and the undergraduate advising headquarters at the far end of Dearborn to fulfill their daily exercise requirement.

The good news, though, is that for the first time since the School's establishment in 2007, the MIME administrative and advising offices will be co-located not simply in the same building, or even on the same floor, but actually directly also across the hall from one another, in the new-and-much, much-improved Rogers Hall entryway.

Yes, we're sporting a new look here in MIME. Over the summer, Greenberry Construction crews gutted and transfigured the Rogers Hall real estate directly across from the building’s Monroe Street entrance, the now-former-home of a series of tiny, windowless grad student offices and a somewhat shabby-around-the-edges and seldom-used faculty lounge.

The outcome of their work? A new and truly beautiful undergraduate advising center that we’re calling The Fulcrum. Features include:

  • Four advising offices, with real doors for conversational privacy…and real windows for light.
  • A spacious waiting/reception area with workstations for instant registration or academic records queries.
  • A floor-to-ceiling showcase for displaying cool student creations like the Formula and Baja cars, Mars Rover, and other interesting MIME research and project work.

Rogers remodeling site, July 2012.

“We are really excited about this move,” said Michelle McAllister (formerly Eck), head advisor for the ME undergraduate program. “The new advising center will make such a difference in our ability to advise students, collaborate with MIME colleagues, and host MIME events.”

Adjacent to The Fulcrum, a new, state-of-the art MIME boardroom complete with LED TV presentation system and conference call capabilities is also ready for use (and looking for a naming sponsor).

This renovation was made possible by a lead gift from an anonymous donor who is passionate about undergraduate education and high-quality academic and professional advising.  Additional donors are being sought to fund the remaining costs.

Other forthcoming – and also much-needed – remodeling efforts in Rogers Hall include:

  • Expanding the MIME Machining and Product Realization Lab, which plays a central role in our students' hands-on engineering education and supports university-wide research efforts
  • Transforming several small third-floor computer labs into a combined, state-of-the art computer/project workspace