The GameAbove College of Engineering and Technology provides world-class experiences in engineering, technology, cybersecurity, autonomous vehicles, drone technology, gaming, aviation, and other areas of study in high-demand career fields.
GameAbove is a team of passionate Eastern Michigan University alumni who desire to make a difference for the University. The team includes a diverse group from all ages and backgrounds including former EMU student-athletes, current entrepreneurs and successful businesspeople, and Hall of Famers and select EMU coaches—all EMU graduates.
Students in the GameAbove College of Engineering and Technology learn, study and create primarily in Roosevelt Hall and in Sill Hall, which recently underwent a dramatic $40 million renovation and includes:
Research labs: Sill now offers two engineering research labs, where faculty members can do their own research and collaborate with students. An example is the Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering lab, where three to four faculty members can work simultaneously. Such a feature is crucial in attracting top-notch faculty, who will directly inquire about the opportunity a facility offers to advance their research.
Mechanical engineering research lab and auto lab: Another distinctly hands-on area, where students can work on engines and machines, do research and learn about automotive computer technology that resists hacking efforts. The lab also supports the College's SAE student vehicle team.
Robotics lab: Students going into engineering manufacturing will benefit greatly in using one of the five robotic arms in the lab—a key feature of so many plants and production facilities.
3D printing lab: The wonders of 3D printing can be seen here, as students will be able to make a variety of key elements of modern life. One example: The facility participated in making COVID-19 PPE for local and regional health care facilities.
Cyber security server and lab: Along with its regular computer network, Sill has a distinct, separate IT room set up for students in the Cyber Security program. Students can use the facility to learn how users hack into computer systems and how to troubleshoot and thwart hacking efforts.
In addition, the special cyber security lab, loaded with new computers, offers three options for students, all in one classroom. They can experience a live lecture in class, a live lecture via Zoom, or an asynchronous, recorded lecture. Such a three-pronged option broadens enrollment possibilities for students who cannot regularly make it to campus because of work and other demands.
Flexible maker space: Sill offers a variety of these areas, where faculty and students can engage in a variety of projects, based on the room’s versatility. Electrical outlets hang from the ceiling, offering easier maneuvering. The availability of such work areas can help faculty attract grants and enhance collaboration with companies and businesses.
A virtual reality lab: The lab is an immersive and active virtual reality environment integrated with the state-of-the-art hardware and software with researchers working on reconfigurable manufacturing and design visualization.