Hoover Hall

Hoover Hall is home to the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and Engineering Computer Support Services, as well as labs for the Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering department.

Classrooms and Labs

  • Office for more than 65 faculty, staff, and students
  • 450-seat auditorium, one of the largest on campus
  • Four high-tech classrooms
  • Fabrication and mechatronics laboratories
  • Special areas for student team projects
  • Five computer labs with 100 workstations
  • More than a dozen secured research labs

Building History

Built in 2003, the $27 million facility was made possible by a gift from Gary Hoover (BS ME ’61) and his wife Donna. Iowa State’s first “sky bridge” connects Hoover with the first phase of the ETRC, Howe Hall, a $35.5 million facility completed in 1999 and named for benefactors Stanley Howe (BSE ’46) and wife Helen, major contributors to Hoover Hall as well.

The Engineering Teaching and Research Complex represents the largest capital project ever undertaken at Iowa State. Hoover Hall’s Kent-Stein Foundation Auditorium holds 400 seats and is one of the largest on campus. The second floor, named for the late James Palmer (BS EE ’44) and his wife Barbara (BS FCS ’46), is distinguished not only by its high-tech labs and classrooms, but is also graced by sculptures commissioned with an additional gift from the Palmers.

Corporate donors such as Square D/Schneider Electric and Caterpillar partnered with alumni to make many of Hoover’s labs and classrooms possible. For example, the James Gayle Boyd Product Realization Laboratory will allow students to build and test the machines they design, and the Caterpillar Mechatronics Laboratory will combine hydraulics, electronics, and mechanical testing features. The Joseph C. (BS CE ’54) and Elizabeth A. Anderlik Innovative Learning Environment will give students room to both listen to lectures and meet in small planning groups.