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Engineering Facilities and Laboratories

The David L. Hirschfeld Department of Engineering received a $4.5 million gift from an anonymous donor in 2014, which supported the construction of the Hunter Strain Engineering Laboratory facility. The state-of-the-art facility is scheduled to open on August 1, 2017, and be ready for engineering lab instruction for the Fall 2017 semester.

The building is named after San Angelo citizen, Hunter “Bud” Strain, a close friend to the anonymous donor. Bud Strain graduated as a civil engineer in 1949 from Rice University and worked with his father and brothers at their family-owned Strain Bros., a highway construction firm. Bud joined the Army Engineers in 1953 serving during the Korean War until 1955 before returning to the family business. Bud earned high respect throughout the industry for his knowledge in road construction, and he was elected the vice president of the Texas Highway-Heavy Branch of AGC in 1966.

The lab building itself occupies over 8,000 square feet and houses a hydraulics lab, geotechnical lab, construction materials lab, steel design and manufacturing lab, and student team projects lab. Laboratory equipment for these individual labs is funded from the generous donation, the Texas Tech University System, and the US Department of Education.

The Hunter Strain Engineering Laboratory greatly enhances Angelo State University’s offering of hands-on learning and undergraduate research opportunities to its engineering students, which strongly supports the David L. Hirschfeld Department of Engineering’s vision of emerging as a premiere civil engineering program in Texas.

Click on the expandable sections below to learn about all of the engineering facilities and laboratories that the David L. Hirschfeld Department of Engineering has to offer.

  • Engineering Study Hall

    The West Annex Building was redesigned to provide a study area for all Ramgineering students. Two large spaces are available for individual and group studies and are outfitted with whiteboards, tables, and chairs. Six computer stations are also available for your use. The computers are outfitted with all the software that is used in ENGR and CENG classes.

    Stop by Angelo State’s newest, trendiest study area during regular business hours. You can use the space to study, to meet other Ramgineering students, or to relax between engineering classes and labs!

  • Student Projects Lab

    ASU Engineering students can design and build in the Student Projects Lab, located in the Hunter Strain Lab Building. Whether it’s course projects or extracurricular activities like the Steel Bridge Team, students are able to implement what they are learning in the classroom into real-world projects. Often, these projects are then taken to state and regional competitions – it’s a lot of fun!

    Stop by and visit the Student Projects Lab to see what Ramgineering students are building today!