Welcome to the Center for Engineering, Innovation and Sciences

The Center for Engineering, Innovation and Sciences (CEIS) will open for classes in January 2019, roughly a year and a half after the start of construction. With the campus quad reopened and the center’s grand opening on the horizon, students are eager to jump into a new world of possibilities.

The Benefits 

The 78,000-square-foot, four-floor building stretches 64 feet into the air. Coined a “living-learning laboratory” by Gilbane, the construction company charged with making the CEIS a reality, the building will include updated lab spaces in efforts to foster the hands-on learning approach of the Institute. Certain labs currently residing in other buildings on campus will relocate to the CEIS, while other labs will find a home for the first time there. In addition, the building will have faculty offices in each of the academic departments it serves, and staff offices, including the Office of the Provost. Accelerate, Wentworth’s Center for Innovation + Entrepreneurship, will move from Willson Hall to the CEIS, where it will include an Ideation Space, a Maker Space, and an office suite that it will share with the EPIC Experiential Learning programs. The CEIS will additionally house Wentworth’s newest cutting-edge academic program in Biological Engineering.

The Construction 

On March 23, 2017, design development began for the Multipurpose Academic Building (MPA), later renamed the CEIS. On July 24 of the same year, actual construction on the new building commenced. 

Since then, the building’s interior and exterior have been substantially completed and the campus quad has been sodded. The construction process mirrors the countless changes and tremendous growth Wentworth has undergone over the years. The Institute has constantly brought innovation to engineering, design, and the sciences, and now, the CEIS can contribute to those strides. 

The History 

More than 115 years ago, Boston businessman Arioch Wentworth dedicated part of his estate to found a trade school. Since then, Wentworth Institute of Technology has grown from a men’s vocational school, to a co-ed college, to a university with accredited graduate programs. With modernization in mind, the Institute made a strive towards learning enhancement with its first new academic building in 45 years. It announced the creation of a trend-setting, state-of-the-art facility on its renowned Boston campus—then known as the MPA, and now introduced to the community as the CEIS.