Driftmier Engineering Center History

Driftmier Engineering Center History

The Driftmier Engineering Center was built in 1966. The 110,000 square-foot-building, with classrooms, labs, and offices, was designed to house biological and agricultural engineering programs. The building now serves as the instructional hub for the rapidly growing University of Georgia College of Engineering.

Originally known as the Agricultural Engineering Building, the facility was named in 1982 for Rudolph Driftmier (left). Driftmier was a College of Agriculture faculty member from 1930 to 1965 and led the Division of Agricultural Engineering for most of those years.

A working engineer, Driftmier partnered with Roy Hitchcock, an architect, to design and oversee construction of more than 15 buildings at UGA, including many of the federally funded Public Works Administration buildings constructed in the late 1930s. Driftmier was also the supervising engineer for the University System of Georgia. Along with Hitchcock, he helped create 80 buildings at 16 schools in the System.