The Hidden Gym of SMU

Tucked away in the Lyle School of Engineering, the SMU Innovation Gym is a hidden gem of SMU.

Open 24 hours and located in Suite 108 of Caruth Hall, the gym provides hands-on learning for all students, not just engineers.

The gym is a playground for the inventive, creative, and innovative mind and has the equipment to match. The gym has three main programs: the Immersion Design Experience, the Innovation Competition, and the Commercial Hunter. Students have access to 3D printers, a laser cutter, power saw, a vinyl cutter, and the Lyle School Machine Shop.

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Photo credit: Mallory Paul

Projects can range from affordable housing, and anti-piracy solutions, to a Marine classified project. The gym also partners with companies offering more work experience for students.

“The gym is a place to meet with people who are interested in amazing projects,” said Parker Holloway, a sophomore electrical engineering and computer science major. “And a place where you can learn through doing.” If you’ve only heard of the Dedman gym, it’s time you check out SMU’s other gym. Start at www.smugym.com to learn about its programs.

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