Engineering Student Design Center prototype

Engineering Student Design Center

Welcome to the UC Davis Engineering Student Design Center

The cornerstone in our approach to design education is the Engineering Student Design Center (ESDC). It is where the Aggie Engineer is born. As the university’s primary prototyping shop for student teams and research groups, the ESDC offers indispensable education, resources and support. In any given year, 8,500 people utilize the center’s training and tools. To meet a rapidly growing demand and elevate student learning experiences, the center is expanding from its current 9,000 square feet to a 23,000-square-foot space designed specifically for engineering design and entrepreneurship education.

Key features at a glance

  • Co-located Student Startup Center
  • 23,000+ renovated and new sqft
  • Designed for LEED GOLD Certification
  • Estimated 5,000 unique visitors
  • Event Plaza and Collaborative Zone featuring 5,000 sq ft of flexible design space for independent and team-based learning.
  • The best in traditional manufacturing meets cutting edge additive and composites manufacturing capabilities (11 lathes and 15 mills)

The ESDC transforms how our students engage in design curriculum, collaborate on interdisciplinary projects, learn about entrepreneurship, and receive the hands-on guidance that complements theory explored in the classroom. Working in a safe, supervised environment, students have ample opportunity to learn, practice and master cutting-edge techniques.

With the support of visionary philanthropists, the expanded ESDC builds on the current machine shop, electronics lab, wood shop and 3D printing space to include areas for instruction, student-client collaboration, rapid prototyping, machining and more. Click here to learn more about naming opportunities.