Note to Reporters: Reporters are welcome to attend the groundbreaking ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1. The event is already full because of limited space and parking, so it is not open to the public. To attend the ceremony, please contact Emily Wilmsen no later than 3 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 1.
Colorado State University on Monday will start construction on a 65,000-square-foot expansion of the Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory.
The groundbreaking ceremony will start at 5:30 p.m. at the lab, 430 N. College Ave., and feature talks by CSU Provost Rick Miranda, City Manager Darin Atteberry, Tom Gendron, chairman and CEO of Woodward, and lab co-directors, Bryan Willson and Morgan DeFoort.
The laboratory is one of the largest independent testing laboratories of its kind in the nation and a source of cutting-edge spinoff energy companies.
In the course of the last 20 years, with the support of the College of Engineering, the laboratory has developed solutions to reduce emissions from large industrial engines, supported dozens of companies with new engine technology, made important contributions to basic combustion science, worked to define the architectures for the future electric grid, and brought clean energy solutions to the developing world. The laboratory has pioneered the use of undergraduate students in research programs, has employed hundreds of students from across the university, and has helped develop a new generation of energy leaders.