About the Cockrell School of Engineering Maker Spaces

It all started with a 1,700sf room in 2014. Soon, it became a prototype for the system of labs and classrooms that now spans more than 30,000sf in the EERC and ETC buildings. The rooms are organized around the design process and include equipment for creating a wide array of electronics systems and mechanical devices. The program offers training and certification for labs and machines, support for product development and competition teams, and resources for integrated education including the development of complete courses. Stop by or connect with our staff to learn more or to get started on a new project.

Our Mission

To be the center of an engineering community of practice and an innovation commons for the University of Texas at Austin.

Our Vision

Every Cockrell School student becomes:

  • An exceptional engineer
  • A leader and team player
  • A mentor
  • An innovator
  • A global citizen who is never finished learning

Our Community and Culture

Use of the equipment in the studios is free and no experience is required. However, we do have a short set of rules that all students and faculty must observe. View the expectations

  1. The studios are open to faculty, undergraduate and graduate students from the Cockrell School of Engineering. Currently the space is not open to students from other colleges or to staff.
  2. You are expected to:
    • Clean up after yourself.
    • Insure that you and your colleagues are operating in a safe manner.
    • Be courteous, helpful, and respectful to your colleagues.
    • Failure to follow our community expectations will cause your privilege to be revoked.
  3. We do not allow the manufacturing of:
    • Weapons of any kind.
    • Production of parts for profit.
  4. You are free to test an idea, prototype it, etc. in the maker space but you need to go elsewhere to manufacture them if you decide to sell your parts.
  5. Each machine has material restrictions and training requirements that you will have to satisfy before using it. If in doubt, please ask.
  6. Intellectual property developed by a student who is not an employee of the UT Austin is owned by the student. The situation is the same if the student happens to be an employee of UT Austin and the intellectual property that is developed is outside the "course and scope" of employment.

Our Program Director

photo of Scott Evans

Scott Evans has worn many hats in his career: mechanical engineer, materials scientist, entrepreneur, consultant and teacher. Each of these experiences provides a unique perspective as he takes on his newest position: director of the Longhorn Maker Studio.

Evans received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the Cockrell School in 2005. As the new leader of one of the most innovative spaces on campus, Evans is enthusiastic about inter-disciplinary opportunities, research, commercialization and challenging students to realize their potential and build prototypes early.

In the News

photo of Emily Hood smiling

Texas Student Media's Burnt X features fourth-year Mechanical Engineering student Emily Hood. Read more