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  • Monday, December 11, 2017
  • ELIF Ribbon-cutting Event Showcases ACEP’s New Office and BP Design Theater

ACEP offices and the BP Design Theater were showcased after a ribbon-cutting event formally opened the Engineering Learning and Innovation Facility on Friday, Dec. 8.

University of Alaska Fairbanks Chancellor Daniel M. White, UA President Jim Johnsen and College of Engineering and Mines Dean Doug Goering joined BP, ConocoPhillips Alaska and Usibelli Coal Mine officials, along with design and construction contractors, to perform the ceremony.

Afterward, a self-guided tour of the building allowed attendees to explore the ELIF, which features a highly visible 48-foot-tall high bay for large projects, a strong floor for testing extremely heavy items, a cold room, 40 new laboratories, office spaces and the BP Design Theater.

As part of the celebration, a UAF mechanical engineering senior design team demonstrated Microsoft’s HoloLens technology in the BP Design Theater.

UAF built ELIF with significant private-sector contributions, including major donations from BP, ConocoPhillips and Usibelli Coal Mine.

UAF Chancellor Dan White cuts the ribbon, officially opening the ELIF. Photo by Amanda Byrd/ACEP.