Hands-on Engineering at the Oklahoma State University Endeavor Facility

Hands-on Engineering at the Oklahoma State University Endeavor Facility

October 28, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


[UPBEAT MUSIC] ENDEAVOR is a 72,000
square foot playground, where students can get
hands-on experience all the way through their
career at Oklahoma State. My name is Dr. Brad Rowland. And I get to run this wonderful
facility called ENDEAVOR. I’m Dr. Joe Conner. So I’ve been here since– I graduated in ’95
so a long time. The philosophy behind ENDEAVOR–
it’s more than just a building. It’s actually kind of embracing
the way that we learn. We tend to learn better
when we do things through active learning. We’re removing the traditional
classroom, traditional lab setting, so that we’re actually
helping engineers build up their toolbox so that when
they get to upper-level classes or, more importantly, when
they get out to industry, they have more tools
to select from. My name is Hannah Lancaster. I just graduated from Oklahoma
State in the spring of 2019. Before ENDEAVOR, we didn’t have
a lot of hands-on experience. It was a classroom
feeling all the time, sitting down in large lectures. When ENDEAVOR came into
play, it was incredible because we got access
to all this high quality equipment that’s actually in
the field right now being used. What National Instrument
brings to the table, particularly in
its ELVIS platform, is one, single,
powerful, unilateral tool that is used by any department
and by every department that does things like
data acquisition, controls, and even
make circuits. Well, one of the major
reasons why we selected NI and why NI’s a very good
fit for our facility is that it is a very
universal platform. The hopes that we
have for the future is just to continue the dream. We have a lot of
alumni that come back to visit the building. And as soon as they
see what’s going on, they’re immediately like, I
want to come back to school and do it again. It really just helps
open so many other doors. There’s nothing like this
in the whole, entire world.