Strategic Initiatives

Advanced Prototyping Laboratory (APL)

The Advanced Prototyping Laboratory serves as an advanced makerspace and laboratory for innovation and new product design. Its capabilities allow for state-of-the-art processes using materials such as metal, plastic, wood, and others. The equipment supports building prototypes involving light CNC machining, laser cutting and engraving, printed circuit board manufacturing, electronics, single board computers, precision welding (TIG and MIG), and many other capabilities. The lab offers workstations with CAD/CAM software and a FANUC CNC simulator. Additionally there are tools to perform metrology and materials characterization as well as fabrication and assembly. 

Student using a machine in the Advanced Prototyping Lab.

Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CIE)

The Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CIE) connects, supports, and grows a robust innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem to empower talented, passionate, and hard-working Texas State University Bobcats by giving them the tools to distinguish themselves with 21st-century skills and achieve the extraordinary.



Connected Infrastructure for Education, Demonstration, and Applied Research Consortium (CIEDAR)

The Connected Infrastructure for Education, Demonstration, and Applied Research (CIEDAR) consortium serves as the transdisciplinary study of technologies with application to infrastructure. CIEDAR works to create multiple living labs within a smart neighborhood in partnership with multiple industry companies in several sectors to accelerate digitization and digitalization of industry via our own Technology Enhanced Infrastructure vision. 

A solar-powered smart light pole at STAR PARK.

Design Innovation Initiatives

Design Innovation Initiatives are offered in the form of interdisciplinary workshops and community outreach design sprints to apply a human-centered approach to problem-solving and expand the research frontiers of design – while empowering participants to imagine a better future.

Students working together in a classroom.