Duffield Hall, named for Cornell Engineering alumnus David Duffield '62 EE, will be one of the country's most sophisticated research and teaching facilities for nanotechnology. It will support research and instruction in electronic and photonic devices, microelectromechanical devices, advanced materials processing, and biotechnology devices. The project will allow the university to bring together many of the various nanotechnology and materials-development groups that currently do their work independently in various parts of the campus. The project will include a large atrium that will provide a space where faculty and students can interact in a relaxed, attractive environment, particularly during the winter months.
The facility will also provide a new home to the Cornell Nanofabrication Facility. Currently housed in Knight Laboratory, the Cornell Nanofabrication Facility is the country's oldest federally sponsored nanotechnology center. That facility was planned and constructed nearly two decades ago, and its research community is in need of a contemporary, state-of-the-art facility. The engineering quadrangle and surrounding landscape will undergo redevelopment to accommodate the siting of Duffield Hall on the quad and to enhance the usefulness and aesthetics of the space.