Gerald M. Kline
The University Library’s new Innovation Space (I-Space), located on the Library’s ground floor, is an interdisciplinary design facility. Including 3D printers, laser cutters, digital scanners, and specialized software, the I-Space features advanced machines and technology that unify and expand upon the related labs currently located in various departments across campus.
3D printing – a technology which builds physical objects from digital files – is not just a tool for designers and engineers; it can be implemented by non-STEM majors (fine arts, theater, business, and anthropology) and other STEM majors (biology, health, chemistry, physics and mathematics to name a few) to help foster the growing interest in STEAM (putting the Arts in STEM). All academic disciplines will benefit from using the I-Space to access high-end tools that are currently integrated into many fast-paced industries and being successfully adopted by entrepreneurs and leading professionals to rapidly develop new ideas. The I-Space further distinguishes CSULB as an innovation leader by providing a non-biased platform for collaborations across campus and with the professional sector.
The goal of the I-Space is to provide services that accelerate innovation and enhance our students’ learning experience and employability. The I-Space is here to help its patrons make the most of their projects and to increase their efficiency and affordability. In addition, the staff is here to assist faculty in implementing the latest tools and technologies in their curriculum and research.