IU president presides over Luddy Hall dedication, capping a weeklong celebration

Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie presided over the dedication of Luddy Hall, the new 124,000-square-foot, $39.8 million home to most of the departments and programs in the School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering.

"This wonderful new building serves as a state-of-the-art home for our world-renowned faculty, as well as for our students who will graduate with degrees in vital disciplines that are impacting nearly every major sector of the national and world economy," McRobbie said. "It will also serve as a dynamic environment for the development of new innovations aimed at growing new businesses and solving some of the most important problems facing our communities."

From the top: The interior of Luddy Hall, a new state-of-the-art building that is home to the IU School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering. The exterior of the 124,000-square-foot buliding. A computer work space inside Luddy Hall. Photos by Tracey Theriault, IU School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering, James Brosher and Eric Rudd, IU Communications

The building is named in honor of IU alumnus Fred Luddy and his family. Luddy is a member of the Dean's Advisory Council at the school and the founder of ServiceNow, a Silicon Valley-based company that delivers cloud-based, automated IT help desk services. Last December, Luddy spoke at the IU Bloomington winter commencement ceremony and was presented with an honorary IU doctorate at the event. 

Luddy Hall is a reflection of the scholarship and research that is conducted within its halls and provides necessary teaching and research space to support the school's recent growth. Designed by Indianapolis-based RATIO Architects and their national partner, Pelli Clarke Pelli, Luddy Hall features a design that encourages collaboration and community and fosters a spirit of innovation among IU faculty and students.

From the left: Fred Luddy, IU alumnus and member of the School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering Dean's Advisory Council speaks at the dedication of the building that bears his name. IU President Michael A. McRobbie presents the ceremonial key to Luddy Hall. McRobbie speaks to the audience in attendance at the Luddy Hall dedication.  Photos by James Brosher, IU Communications

"The beautiful, functional surroundings of the building we dedicate today create an atmosphere that will uplift the spirits of all who study, work, and visit here," McRobbie said. "Luddy Hall will inspire creativity, discovery, and intellectual achievement—all of which will benefit Indiana University, strengthen our state and nation, advance our use and understanding of technology, and further transform human culture."

The dedication of Luddy Hall was the culminating event that capped off the weeklong celebration of LuddyFest, which included a lecture series from global innovators, a student startup pitch contest, demonstrations of maker spaces and workshops, and the unveiling of large, high-tech work of art suspended beneath the building's glass atrium. 

Read the Luddy Hall dedication speech