Dr. Holly Winchman, Vice President Janet Nelson, President Chuck Staben and retired Vice President Jack McIver cut the ribbon for the IRIC at its opening in January. Photo: University of Idaho Photo Services.

Dr. Holly Winchman, Vice President Janet Nelson, President Chuck Staben and retired Vice President Jack McIver cut the ribbon for the IRIC at its opening in January.

Photo: University of Idaho Photo Services.

This year, BTE Bootcamp has the distinct pleasure of collaborating with the University of Idaho Integrated Research and Innovation Center, or IRIC, to bring you the Palouse Pitch event. As this year’s host venue for the event, attendees will have the unique experience to tour this brand-new, groundbreaking facility.

The IRIC opened in January, but the university has been wanting to build an interdisciplinary research building for over a decade. Since its foundation, the collaborative space has provided a place for researchers and scholars to work together outside of a traditional academic structure. The space has also provided a space for meetings, lectures, and events, as well as being a prime studying and gathering space for the University’s students. The interdisciplinary space has provided the opportunity for minds across varying fields to come together and work toward finding solutions in each of their projects.

A team of bioengineering researchers meet in the IRIC. Photo: University of Idaho Photo Service.

A team of bioengineering researchers meet in the IRIC

Photo: University of Idaho Photo Service.

More than 20 projects currently utilize the space, from the Colleges of Engineering, Business and Economics, Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences, Science, Art and Architecture, and more. One such project is the “Brain-Inspired Autonomous Navigation and Control Systems” project, which studies different ways to design autonomous vehicle and robot controls to be used in self-driving vehicles, space rovers, and more.

The space is also home to the “Hydrodynamic Simulator for Brain Therapeutic Development” project, which aims to create virtual and 3-d models of the cerebrospinal fluid system around the brain and spine to better understand how cerebrospinal fluid dynamics could be used in the diagnosis and treatment of neurological disorders.

Guests at the IRIC Ribbon Cutting relax in a seating area. Photo: University of Idaho Photo Service.

Guests at the IRIC Ribbon Cutting relax in a seating area
Photo: University of Idaho Photo Service.

However, it isn’t just science and engineering projects that call the IRIC home. The “Idaho Community Heritage Studies” project focuses on the analysis of materials recovered from several excavations throughout Idaho through anthropological, historical, and chemical analyses. The IRIC is even home to the “Polymorphic Games” project, an interdisciplinary, student-driven project aiming to create revolutionary new kinds of video games incorporating evolutionary science.

On top of being an academically diverse facility, the space is also beautiful and LEED Gold certified. One of the main aspects of this is the dynamic natural light that spreads throughout the space and the open and accessible floor plans, with elements such as glass walls to make the space welcoming.

Campers and community members alike who attend the Palouse Pitch event will have the opportunity to tour this facility, and can look forward to seeing a mixture of students and faculty researchers working in the space, as well as enjoying the new building’s clean, open ambiance. Registration is required for this free event which is open to the public. Don’t miss out on your chance to tour this amazing space!

Register and Reserve Your Spot Today.