Science Advancing Society: Knight Campus Grand Opening

Science Advancing Society

University of Oregon ascends into new realms of discovery and opportunity with the Knight Campus

The Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact represents a collaborative effort, tackling some of society’s toughest challenges while also shaping a new breed of scientist. Now, the brightest minds, ranging from undergraduates to staff and professors, and spanning multiple disciplines, are coming together to advance society with science at the University of Oregon's Knight Campus.

Knight Campus Grand Opening

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Phil Knight
I’ve experienced firsthand the power of pairing science with entrepreneurial innovation. Penny and I are proud the Knight Campus is tackling the challenges of tomorrow with the tenacity that defines both the state and university we love.
Philip H. Knight, BBA ’59

 

Phil Knight
I’ve experienced first-hand the power of pairing science with entrepreneurial innovation. Penny and I are proud the Knight Campus is tackling the challenges of tomorrow with the tenacity that defines both the state and university we love.
Philip H. Knight, BBA ’59

What Others Are Saying

 

Watch a Breakout Session

The virtual grand opening celebration on Dec. 2 concluded with six discussions exploring the various impacts of the Knight Campus.

 

Discovery and Translation

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The Knight Campus unlocks new opportunities in fields never before studied at the University of Oregon, such as bioengineering. Its leaders and faculty members are tackling challenges such as spinal injuries, strokes, macular degeneration, rheumatoid arthritis, and diabetes.

 

Robert Guldberg
The Knight Campus serves as a hub for new partnerships, inspiring discovery and innovation across campus, the region and the country. We’re creating an ecosystem of collaboration, supporting diverse perspectives dedicated to the pursuit of breakthroughs that improve people’s lives.
Robert Guldberg, vice president and Robert and Leona DeArmond executive director of the Knight Campus

 

Robert Guldberg
The Knight Campus serves as a hub for new partnerships, inspiring discovery and innovation across campus, the region and the country. We’re creating an ecosystem of collaboration, supporting diverse perspectives dedicated to the pursuit of breakthroughs that improve people’s lives.
Robert Guldberg, vice president and Robert and Leona DeArmond executive director of the Knight Campus

 

Impact Cycle: Discover-Develop-Deploy
Discover, Develop, Deploy

At the Knight Campus, teams of scientists, researchers and students blur lines between disciplines and pursue discovery in the lab; develop novel biomedical devices and therapies; and deploy new technologies to the marketplace, where products, innovations, or cures impact people’s lives.

 

 

Academic Programming

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The Knight Campus charts a new course for the UO, in fields such as bioengineering, helping people while cultivating the next generation of scientists with a novel, experiential approach. A combination of technical training and an emphasis in entrepreneurship, career development, and communication define Knight Campus academic programs and position students for success.

 

Demi Glidden
The Knight Campus Graduate Internship Program is exactly what I was looking for to launch my career. Even through remote learning, I have been able to cultivate the technical and soft skills needed to be successful in my field. The program’s emphasis on teamwork and collaboration make me feel confident and prepared.
Demi Glidden, Knight Campus Internship Program graduate student

 

Demi Glidden
The Knight Campus Graduate Internship Program is exactly what I was looking for to launch my career. Even through remote learning, I have been able to cultivate the technical and soft skills needed to be successful in my field. The program’s emphasis on teamwork and collaboration make me feel confident and prepared.
Demi Glidden, Knight Campus Internship Program graduate student
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The Skybridge

The Knight Campus skybridge connects to other UO science facilities physically and metaphorically while also creating an architectural landmark for the community and university. The tied-arch bridge — using uses two butterfly arches and suspension cables — is designed as a simple and pure expression of engineering to maximize the visual lightness of the structure.

190 Feet
Length of the Skybridge
50 Feet
Height at its tallest point
1 Million
WEight in pounds of the structure and footings
 

Ecosystem and Ethos

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Rooted in the University of Oregon’s 60-year history of interdisciplinary research, the best-in-class facility is specifically designed to encourage a team-based, interactive approach to research. From day one, students and faculty are immersed in the unique culture of the Knight Campus, one that emphasizes the rapid translation of new procedures, medical devices or treatments.

Cultivating Diverse Perspectives 

A new partnership with PeaceHealth, a joint center for translational biomedical research, is initially focused on facilitating clinical need-based research collaborations and supporting careers of underrepresented scientists and engineers.
This fall, 50 percent of students starting the nationally recognized Knight Campus Internship Program, which focuses on industry-relevant technical and professional skills, are women and/or members of underrepresented communities.
 

Form Following Function

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This world class facility was designed to support the impact cycle, a foundational idea of the Knight Campus best represented by the concepts of discovery, development, and deployment. The building will be the home of discovery at the lab bench, the development of biomedical devices and therapies, and the deployment of new technologies to the marketplace.

 

President Michael Schill
This marks a transformational moment in our university’s 144-year history. The Knight Campus builds upon our proud history of exceptional basic science and immediately broadens and deepens our impact to encompass applied science and engineering. The generosity and inspiration of the Knights allows the University of Oregon to leverage the brilliance, creativity and accomplishments of our researchers and faculty in ways that previous generations of Oregonians could only have dreamt of. The Knight Campus puts the world on notice: The University of Oregon is once again changing the game in terms of the way that research and science can serve students and society.
Michael H. Schill, University of Oregon president and professor of law

 

President Michael Schill
This marks a transformational moment in our university’s 144-year history. The Knight Campus builds upon our proud history of exceptional basic science and immediately broadens and deepens our impact to encompass applied science and engineering. The generosity and inspiration of the Knights allows the University of Oregon to leverage the brilliance, creativity and accomplishments of our researchers and faculty in ways that previous generations of Oregonians could only have dreamt of. The Knight Campus puts the world on notice: The University of Oregon is once again changing the game in terms of the way that research and science can serve students and society.
Michael H. Schill, University of Oregon president and professor of law
Exterior view of the Knight Campus cascading wall

 

The Cascading Wall

The signature architectural element of the Knight Campus exterior is affectionately known as the Cascading Wall. Inspired by water cascading over rocks, the second skin of glass on the building’s southern, eastern and western facades reduces solar heat inside research environments and reduces glare, allowing those spaces access to abundant daylight and dynamic views of surrounding landscapes.

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weight in pounds of each glass panel
650
glass panels
 

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

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Whether it’s with 3D-printed patient-specific implants, implantable screws with built-in sensors to monitor healing, or a molecule to combat macular degeneration, the Knight Campus’ high-octane collaborative approach to innovation is already fueling success. Faculty recruited from around the world have launched three start-up companies, moving new technologies into the marketplace, where they can help make patients’ lives better.

 

Samuel Lester
Each project I am working on already requires a versatile approach, and the expert training I am receiving is jump-starting me to take advantage of every aspect of the campus.
Samuel Lester, bioengineering graduate student

 

Samuel Lester
The hands-on training in the midst of world-class research sets apart the Knight Campus from anywhere I’ve experienced. There is a deep-rooted emphasis in exploring the state-of-the-art facilities available and identifying what’s possible. Each project I am working on already requires a versatile approach, and the expert training I am receiving is jump-starting me to take advantage of every aspect of the campus.
Samuel Lester, bioengineering graduate student

What You Might Have Missed...

A monumental infographic runs the width of a basement commons glass wall. Abstracted from The Atlas of Oregon, the graphic represents Oregon's peaks on glazed partitions. 
The carpet in the center of the basement lobby is an exciting new product design that emerged from the work of one of UO’s own researchers, physicist Richard Taylor, a leading expert on fractals, together with 13&9 Design and Mohawk Group.
A ceramic frit — or dot — pattern on the exterior facades reduces solar heat gain, interior glare and discomfort while also reducing bird strikes. In one section, the custom patterning is based on the DNA sequence of a duck.
 

Integrative Hub

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The Knight Campus draws on existing strengths across campus to create a unique combination of technical training, entrepreneurship, career development and communication skills all aimed at making an impact.

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