Fred Pirkle Engineering Technology Center

  • Fred Pirkle Engineering Technology Center
  • Fred Pirkle Engineering Technology Center

Check out this article about the Pirkle Building!

The Fred Pirkle Engineering Center is an innovative learning center that houses state of the art classrooms, specialized laboratories, and faculty and staff offices for two departments (Agricultural Sciences and Engineering Technology) at Sam Houston State University. The center is named after the inventor and SHSU alumnus Mr. Fred Pirkle, who set aside $10 million out of his $25 million gift to SHSU to construct this learning facility. Dr. Stanley Kelley, our former department chair, oversaw the construction of the Pirkle Center to ensure that the building embodies Mr. Pirkle’s vision. The center has four floors, each named after a noted US inventor.

The Innovations Lab

Innovations Lab

The CAD Labs
Drafting Lab 2 CAD Lab

The Clean Manufacturing & Rapid Prototyping Labs include a Wet Lab and a multitude of 3D printers with brands such as Stratysus and MakerBot.
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The Electronics, Power Systems, and Automation & Control Labs
Electronics 1 Electrical Trainers
Energy 1 CNC&PLC Trainer Lab

The Energy Systems Lab
Energy Energy Fuel Cell
Energy 2 Wind-Solar Trainer

The Manufacturing Labs include an Epilog Laser Engraver, Combo Disc/Belt Sander, Drill Press, Grinder/Buffer, CNC Router, Circuit Board Prototyping Machine, Nomad CNC Machines, Emco CNC Mills, Emco CNC Lathes, and various hand tools.
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The Wind Tunnel and Robotics Lab
Wind Tunnel Robotics Lab