AUBURN, Ala. (EETV) - The Samuel Ginn College of Engineering is hosting a dedication ceremony on Friday to celebrate the opening of the Brown-Kopel Engineering Student Achievement Center. 

The $44 million Brown-Kopel Center was funded through donations from Auburn alumni. That included $30 million from  John and Rosemary Brown, which was part of a $57 million gift that was the largest in university history. More than 50 other alumni have donated $17 million toward the Brown-Kopel Center. The donations were enough to cover construction costs and begin programming within the facility.

The Brown-Kopel Center is designed to promote a hands-on style of learning for students in all engineering disciplines. The center’s functions will include student recruitment, scholarships, advising, tutoring, career development and more. 

Each floor of the center is equipped with the latest technology and provides different opportunities for engineering students to fulfill their academic and professional needs. The ground floor consists of an innovation center which houses maker spaces, laboratories, shops and project incubators, a design studio, study rooms, classrooms, computer labs and more. The main floor has staff offices and suites for student recruitment, tutoring, advising, career development and corporate relations, and the Engineering Academic Excellence Program. The third floor includes study rooms, boardrooms, conference rooms and a Grand Hall. 

The Brown-Kopel Center is located at 152 Wilmore Drive and the dedication ceremony will take place at 3:15 p.m.