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Wake Downtown Facility
Imagination Works

When Wake Forest envisioned a new campus housed within downtown Winston-Salem’s Innovation Quarter, the goal was to create a fluid environment where ingenuity and contemporary science become inseparable.

Introducing Wake Downtown, the new home of our engineering and biomedical sciences programs, now conveniently located under the same roof as the Wake Forest School of Medicine.

With the doors open and classes in full swing, Director of Academic Planning for Wake Downtown Rebecca Alexander returns to her happy place – in the lab with students.

Wake Downtown by the numbers

16 Foreign universities at which Wake Downtown chemistry faculty have a peer research collaborator
1 of 10 Undergraduate students who will have taken at least one class at Wake Downtown by Fall 2017
30+ Replacement tissues and organs being refined at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, which helped develop the new minor in biomaterials science and engineering
223 Combined years of Wake Forest service by faculty teaching at Wake Downtown in Spring 2017
3 of 4 Engineering faculty who are women hired as of May 2017
8 Dr. Olga Pierrakos is one of only eight women to lead an engineering program at a Top-50 National University
54 Percentage increase in Early Decision applicants expressing an interest in STEM from Fall 2016 to Fall 2017
34,680 Approximate total miles traveled by shuttle buses in Spring 2017
13 Minutes in an average one-way shuttle trip from Reynolda Campus to Wake Downtown
12 Unique subject areas taught in Spring 2017/Fall 2017
115,000 Square footage of the Wake Downtown facility
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