STEM Forward

STEM Rooted in Community

STEM Forward is a robust SDSU initiative that will accelerate local economic growth and revolutionize the way we live, work and interact. It’s a commitment to research and teaching that will drive positive change globally while being grounded in community. 

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Left to right: College of Sciences Associate Dean Tod Reeder, master’s student Bryn Baxter, Division of Research & Innovation Vice President Hala Madanat, master’s student Ty'Tianna Clark stand in front of new lab coat “vending machines” (Rachel Crawford/SDSU)
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STEM Forward represents the University’s bold investment in STEM through cross-campus, multidisciplinary initiatives that will prepare our students for the workforce while stimulating development in the region.
Dean Jeff Roberts
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STEM Forward Projects

The STEM Forward initiative encapsulates ongoing and future investments in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) research and teaching with key projects happening across SDSU colleges and campuses. 

Campus-Wide Space Planning

The university is working to increase academic and classroom space by reducing underused office and administrative space across campus. This effort will involve several projects that expand SDSU’s academic and faculty footprint on the Mesa. For example, Atkinson Hall is being repurposed for faculty and academic department use, including the Department of Psychology.

SDSU Mission Valley Innovation District Labs

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The initial phase of the Innovation District will include two multi-story buildings for research and office space.

The first project to break ground at SDSU Mission Valley Innovation District is the construction of laboratories to house university researchers and provide research facilities to public and private partners. The labs are being developed by LPC West; design began in fall 2023 with possible move-in targeted as early as 2026.

To learn more about this project, visit the Innovation District web page.

Life Sciences Building

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(Courtesy: Hensel Phelps and SmithGroup: Life Sciences Building project area)

Creation of a new state-of-the-art Life Sciences building on the San Diego campus will ignite new opportunities for STEM research as well as instruction. Design and construction planning for this project began fall 2023, with faculty engagement and planning meetings continuing throughout this academic year.

To learn more about this project, visit the building web page.

SDSU Imperial Valley Sciences and Engineering Laboratories

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The Sciences and Engineering Laboratories, set to break ground in February 2024, will open in fall 2025 at SDSU Imperial Valley's Brawley campus.

Constructing laboratories at SDSU Imperial Valley will provide the Brawley campus with exceptional teaching and research space. The building will host new four-year degree programs in chemistry and engineering designed for Lithium Valley, core facilities for potential public-private partners (P3) in Imperial Valley, and science teaching laboratories to serve existing programs including nursing and environmental health. Construction breaks ground in February 2024 and the labs will be ready in fall 2025.

Vice President of Research and Innovation,
STEM Forward is truly a university-wide effort to provide state-of-the-art resources and infrastructure for all of our students, faculty and staff so they can generate impactful ideas and scalable solutions.
Vice President of Research and Innovation, Hala Madanat

STEM Forward Stories

lpc West Renderings

The federally funded center, to be based at SDSU Mission Valley, will work with partner organizations across the western region of the United States.

Snapdragon Stadium (pictured) and SDSU Mission Valley were awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certifications. (Image courtesy of Oak View Group)

Snapdragon Stadium and SDSU Mission Valley have been awarded LEED Gold and Silver certifications.

Imperial Valley Campus

A new facility at the SDSU campus in Brawley will support the regions burgeoning exploration of the extraction and uses of lithium.

San Diego State Imperial Valley Ground Breaking

Set to open in fall 2025, the new state-of-the-art building is one part of SDSU’s commitment to meeting the STEM and both the current and future geothermal energy sector demands of ‘Lithium Valley.’

STEM Festival

Despite the rain, more than 17,000 attendees turn out for this year’s STEM festival at Snapdragon Stadium

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How rising senior Alyssa Gomez is making her ‘STEM kid’ dreams reality while setting the stage for future generations in science