Media invited to join UNC-Chapel Hill at launch of new campus Makerspace network

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Media invited to join UNC-Chapel Hill at launch of new campus Makerspace network


Spaces will enhance Carolina’s ability to design, prototype and create new products


(Chapel Hill, N.C.— Nov. 14, 2016) – Media are invited to join University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill leaders, students and faculty at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 16 to celebrate the opening of a new state-of-the-art Be A Maker (BeAM) innovation space in the College of Arts and Science’s Murray Hall.


The new facility joins Makerspaces in the Hanes Art Center and Kenan Science Library (a partnership between BeAM and University Libraries’ Research Hub) to become the central hub of a BeAM Makerspace network.


The event will include student-led tours of the space and demonstrations of laser cutting, shop bot, 3D printing equipment and other technologies, along with a light breakfast.


Judith Cone, vice chancellor for innovation, entrepreneurship and economic development, Rich Superfine, faculty lead for the BeAM network and Rich Goldberg, director of undergraduate students for the department of Biomedical Engineering, will be available to discuss the space’s offerings and its impact on Carolina’s research, teaching and innovation goals.


Combining the latest in manufacturing equipment and electronics with education, BeAM’s mission is to empower Carolina’s community to imagine, design and create inventions that solve, fascinate and inspire.


With 3,500 square feet of fully equipped rooms for woodworking, metalworking, digital fabrication and more, the Murray Hall space will host training workshops and is already being used by faculty teaching subjects from biomedical engineering to sociology.


Wednesday, Nov. 16

8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Murray Hall, BeAM makerspace

3202 Venable and Murray Hall

Chapel Hill, North Carolina


Media Check-In: Media must check in at the Murray Hall Makerspace no earlier than 8 a.m. MC VanGraafeiland (646-345-2802) will be the on-site contact. See map.


Media Parking: A limited number of spaces will be available for media near the Murray Hall site. Contact MC VanGraafeiland ( by 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 15 to reserve parking.




About the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university, is a global higher education leader known for innovative teaching, research and public service. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, Carolina regularly ranks as the best value for academic quality in U.S. public higher education. Now in its third century, the University offers 77 bachelor’s, 113 master’s, 68 doctorate and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. Every day, faculty – including two Nobel laureates – staff and students shape their teaching, research and public service to meet North Carolina’s most pressing needs in every region and all 100 counties. Carolina’s more than 317,000 alumni live in all 50 states and 150 countries. More than 167,000 live in North Carolina.


Communications and Public Affairs contact: MC VanGraafeiland, (919) 962-7090, (646) 345-2802,