SNHU Opens New College of Engineering, Technology and Aeronautics Facility

MANCHESTER, NH – Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) celebrated the opening of its new College of Engineering, Technology and Aeronautics (CETA) facility with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday, January 13. The new 67,000-square-foot academic building now houses SNHU’s on-campus CETA programs and will help prepare students for in-demand STEM careers.

“All of us at CETA are thrilled to have this magnificent new space in which to teach, learn, and discover,” says Kirk Kolenbrander, executive vice president of CETA, SNHU. “We are delighted to put this space to work — hard work — as we contribute to SNHU’s mission to transform lives.

”The three-story facility features a myriad of amenities and work spaces, including flexible teaching labs, a drone flying arena, an unmanned aerial vehicle prep space, a wood shop, a robotics lab, a wind tunnel, a 3D printing lab, virtual reality equipment and program-specific laboratories. It also features CDIO (Conceive, Design, Implement and Operate) hubs where students can work on projects from conception through operation, turning them into real-world solutions and products.

Southern New Hampshire University CETA Facility

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The university broke ground on the new CETA facility in 2018 with the help of Wilson HGA, a Boston-based architectural firm, and Skanska, a global construction and development firm. Construction was completed within eighteen months.

“Education lays the foundation for opportunity and with the delivery of SNHU’s new College of Engineering, Technology and Aeronautics building, we are helping to provide space for the next generation to learn about STEM, cornerstones of careers in construction,” says Bryan Northrop, executive vice president of Building Operations for Skanska in Boston. “STEM-educated professionals are in high-demand, and we embrace the opportunity to provide a creative space that educates the next generation of innovators.”

“Understanding SNHU’s goal to find the best ways to prepare learn/sitecore/shell/default.aspx?xmlcontrol=RichText.InsertImage&la=en#ers for the future pushed us, as designers, to look at the effect that space can have on students and pedagogies,” says Chris Martin, vice president, Wilson-HGA. “That thinking, coupled with the goal to have a campus statement that highlighted the importance of these disciplines on campus drove the design. The building is the result of a true collaboration between SNHU and the design/construction team, and is a testament to SNHU’s commitment to push their STEM disciplines to the forefront in the educational landscape."

SNHU’s College of Engineering, Technology and Aeronautics was established in 2017 after the sudden closure of Daniel Webster College to expand access to affordable and accessible engineering degree programs in the New England region. While CETA has existed since the teach-out of all DWC programs, this new facility — located in the heart of the SNHU campus — will be the official home of the university’s expanded STEM programs.

Prior to the opening, CETA operated out of a 20,000-square-foot annex adjacent to SNHU’s Manchester campus. CETA now serves more than 330 undergraduate students on campus and offers nine degree programs, including:

  • Aeronautical Engineering
  • Aviation Management
  • Aviation Operations and Management
  • Computer Science
  • Air Traffic Management
  • Construction Management
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Information Technologies

About Southern New Hampshire University
Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) is a private, nonprofit institution with an 87-year history of educating traditional-aged students and working adults. Now serving more than 130,000 learners worldwide, SNHU offers over 300 accredited undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs, available online and on its 300-acre campus in Manchester, NH. Recognized as the "Most Innovative" regional university by U.S. News & World Report and one of the fastest-growing universities in the country, SNHU is committed to expanding access to high quality, affordable pathways that meet the needs of each learner. Learn more at www.snhu.edu.