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

The Clean Manufacturing & Rapid Prototyping Labs

Includes a Wet Lab and a multitude of 3D printers with brands such as Stratysus and MakerBot.

desk with 3D printer and computer on it
row of computers with a 3d printer at the end
work table

The Electronics, Power Systems, and Automation & Control Labs

Electrical Trainers
CNC&PLC Trainer Lab

The Energy Systems Lab

Energy system lab
Energy Fuel Cell
Display of electrical parts
Wind-Solar Trainer

The Manufacturing Labs 

Includes 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.

Right Side Pirkle 100B
Left Side Pirkle 100B
Circuit Board Cutter

The Wind Tunnel and Robotics Lab

Wind Tunnel
Robotics Lab