The Applied Computational Engineering and Sciences (ACES) building is an impressive effort to boost collaboration among researchers in Computer Sciences, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and TICAM. The construction, in itself, was an experiment. With land leased from the university, Dallas philanthropist Peter O'Donnell, Jr., constructed, in just two years, a state-of-the-art research facility. Ben Kuipers, CS department chairman, says "The architecture is set up so all three units have space on every floor. There was already a lot of collaboration among the three groups, but now that we are down the hall from each other, it is much easier."
Faculty and students began moving into the building in early August with the landscaping, patio areas, and fountain completed in September. The 24th Street entrance, the courtyard, and the winding stairway between 5th and 6th floors are the photos shown here. The ACES building dedication was held October 19. Visit ACES homepage for more information and photos.