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Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture Frank Innovation Zone

About the Frank Innovation Zone

With support from the Raintree Foundation, the Frank Innovation Zone (The FIZ) was established in 2014 to foster the development of entrepreneurial skills in more students and provide them with access to a wide range of hands-on learning experiences. The FIZ is our makerspace for students from all disciplines in VCEA, we pride ourselves on helping make your ideas a reality. We have over 3,000 square feet of studios filled with conventional and computer controlled equipment.

The goals for the space have grown from the desire to expand and support the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture’s efforts in providing an experience enhanced education for students. The hands-on experiences students gain through both classroom and extracurricular projects provide physical, personal, and professional skills that are valuable to them as part of teams and in the workplace.

There has been great benefit from co-locating the Frank Innovation Zone within Dana Hall, near some of the more active clubs and the Voiland College professional shops. This combination allows students and teams access to resources that allow them to both raise the quality of their finished work and push their ideas and designs further.


Long hallway in Dana Hall with entrances to FIZ spaces.

Maker space with tables, whiteboard, and monitors.

Three students working on a model bridge.

People wearing safety goggles working at tables.