To be a national leader in redefining STEM as "Systems, Technology, and Educational Mentoring" by providing innovative programs and support to a diverse community of STEM learners and entrepreneurs.
The mission of the Marburger STEM Center is to meet the educational and professional development needs of a diverse community of STEM learners with cutting-edge and engaging experiences in flexible learning spaces through pioneering programming from LTU’s four Colleges. The mission is achieved by:
- Enhancing the skill set of LTU students, which prepare them for well-paying careers in STEM-based industries through curricular and extra-curricular learning opportunities.
- Providing leading-edge K-12 outreach programming to the diverse community of STEM learners.
- Engaging historically underrepresented groups in STEM through progressive programming.
- Engaging K-12 teachers with innovative professional development workshops focused on active-collaborative learning, problem-based learning and course-based research experiences.
- Extending STEM to a broader population of students by including the disciplines of information technology, architecture, digital humanities, robotics, engineering and computer, management sciences and health care.
The Marburger STEM Center Taubman Complex
Opened in August 2016, the A. Alfred Taubman Engineering, Architecture and Life Sciences Complex, home of the Marburger STEM Center, has 36,700 square feet of much needed laboratory and collaboration space to support emerging multidisciplinary programs. The Taubman Complex enjoys a prominent place on campus, linking the Science Building and the current Engineering Building, which also will undergo a major renovation.
The building was designed by nationally renowned architect Thom Mayne, principal of Morphosis, a California architectural firm known for its unique educational and civil buildings. The architect of record is Detroit-based Albert Kahn Associates.
The Taubman Complex houses the robotics program on the first floor, science and engineering labs on the second floor, and biomedical labs and open areas for student work teams on the third floor. Other spaces will be allocated in the modular design as technologies and needs evolve.
The First Floor
- The first floor features a 60-foot-long, 20-foot-wide lab for the research of LTU's Eric G. Meyer, associate professor in the University's biomedical engineering program. It will house Meyer's research into biomechanics, orthopedic sports medicine, injury mechanisms, joint function, gait analysis, artificial limbs, and more.
The Second Floor
- On the second floor is a robotics lab for LTU's Chan-Jin (CJ) Chung, professor of mathematics and computer science, and founder of Robofest, the global youth robotics competition. Chung's activities are currently housed in the Buell Management Building. The second floor also has engineering research "studios" for the design and fabrication of student projects. These spaces are high bay rooms that are open to the top of the third floor.
The Third Floor
- On the third floor, there's a biomedical engineering laboratory that will blend the chemical and physical sciences. Nearby will be a microfabrication space "clean room," a lab for biology-based micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS), a bioinstrumentation lab, a biosensor lab, and cell culture and cell biology labs.