BAUM FAMILY MAKER SPACE
Despite the challenges presented by COVID-19, the USC Viterbi School of Engineering opened a stunning and groundbreaking new facility, the Baum Family Maker Space, in 2020. It is a design and fabrication center for use by undergraduate students, and supports a wide range of innovative activities, as well providing a home for numerous student design and competition teams. Set on the ground floor of the Science and Engineering Library on USC’s University Park Campus, it occupies approximately 8,000 square feet, and includes an open design space, a fully staffed machine shop, a 3-D fabrication lab, and an outdoor work area for welding and painting.
This video was designed to showcase this exciting and novel space—it now ranks among the best in the country, and is an important draw for prospective engineering students. Moreover, it was important to honor and tell the story of Jim Baum, whose generosity made the space possible; and to capture the reaction of students at the prospect of working there. Most importantly, while the space’s technical capacities are phenomenal, it is the collaboration between students—and the way that prepares them for a career at the top levels of the engineering profession—that is what makes it so valuable.