FIU Architecture and FIU Engineering Inaugurate Robotics & Digital Fabrication Laboratory


Over 180 attendees gathered in the courtyard of Paul L. Cejas Architecture Building for the inauguration and ribbon cutting of FIU’s Robotics & Digital Fabrication (RDF) Laboratory on Thursday, September 20, 2018.

The event celebrated FIU’s newest interdisciplinary initiative spearheaded by College of Communication, Architecture + the Arts and the College of Engineering and Computing. FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg, College of Communication, Architecture + the Arts Dean Brian Schriner and Dean of Engineering and Computing John Volakis participated in the opening remarks led by Professor and Director of Technology Development Shahin Vassigh.

The RDF Laboratory is the first of its kind in the state of Florida featuring industrial robotic arms and advanced fabrication technologies. This cutting-edge, technological facility offers high-end digital design and visualization technologies  to  develop  new  processes  and  products  meeting  crucial  industry,  education,  and  community  needs.

The  RDF  Lab’s  mission  is  to  become  a  catalyst  for  research,  development,  and  entrepreneurship  which  bridges  the  gap  between  the  virtual  and  physical  world. In addition, the lab provides opportunities for collaboration among faculty,  students,  and  industry  partners, nurturing an  environment  for  learning,  research,  and  experimentation.

For more  information on the RDF Lab, visit

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