MSOE is set to be an educational leader in artificial intelligence (AI), deep learning, and other next-generation technologies with the construction of a new academic building on campus. The Dwight and Dian Diercks Computational Science Hall is made possible thanks to a generous $34 million gift from MSOE Regent and alumnus Dr. Dwight Diercks ’90 and his wife Dian.

The gift marks a bold leap forward for the university. This new facility — and the courses that will be taught within — will position MSOE at the educational forefront in artificial intelligence (AI), deep learning, cyber security, robotics, cloud computing and other next-generation technologies.

MSOE will be a national educational leader in this transformative technology space, and will apply AI to deepen and enhance the current disciplines of study at the university: engineering, business and nursing.

Building Details

The Dwight and Dian Diercks Computational Science Hall is a proposed 64,000 square foot cornerstone facility that will join the university’s iconic Grohmann Museum, Kern Center, and Grohmann Tower campus buildings. The building will be constructed on the southern end of the university’s Milwaukee Street parking lot, directly east of MSOE’s German-English Academy.

Inside, the new building will provide modern classrooms, innovative laboratories, an auditorium, and spaces to support companies who partner with MSOE.

A major feature of the facility will be a state of the art datacenter which will be home to a GPU-accelerated supercomputer. Students, faculty and staff, and business across industries are invited to collaborate with MSOE to benefit from this tremendous asset to the region.

The project is set for groundbreaking in early- to mid-2018. Uihlein/Wilson - Ramlow/Stein Architects will serve as project developers.

  • 64,000 total square feet on four floors above ground
  • 8,000 square feet of data-rich laboratories
  • 6,400 square feet of interactive classrooms
  • 2,000 square feet of senior design lab space
  • 2,800 square feet of corporate and academic partnership space
  • 3,500 square feet of collaboration and event space
  • 18,000 square feet of underground parking
  • 256-seat auditorium
  • State-of-the-art data center with an NVIDIA GPU-powered AI supercomputer
  • 6 contemporary classrooms
  • 8 innovative teaching laboratories
  • 32 faculty and staff offices

Related Information

Press Release - $34 million gift to transform MSOE into AI leader