Chapter 2

Home Sweet E-Quad, and
A Quick Geography Lesson

 

equad_map

This map is oriented differently from the campus maps you’re used to seeing. On this map, up is the direction of approach toward the E-Quad from the rest of campus, so this is the reference frame in which you’ll probably think of the E-Quad once you figure out where it is. The green walkway up the center of this map is the most direct route — it starts in the alley between Frick Lab and the Woody Woo fountain.

Don’t worry, you have lots of time to figure these things out. Freshmen engineers spend most of their classtime down-campus in and around Fine, Jadwin, and McDonnell Halls.

Legend

(A) The A-Wing houses primarily Chemical Engineering.
(B) The B-Wing houses primarily Electrical Engineering.
(C) The C-Wing’s first floor has many of the administrative offices, while the second floor houses much of the environmental and water resources branch of Civil Engineering. It is now home to the offices of the Dean and the Associate Deans.
(D) The D-Wing houses Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering. (In the space between the D-Wing and J-Wing is the Atrium, once open space, now home to lots of grad students.)
(E) The E-Wing is shared by Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Operations Research and Financial Engineering.

(CS) The Computer Science building, which connects to the Friend Center.
(Friend) The Friend Center houses the Engineering Library, along with an auditorium, convocation room, and computer labs.
(Bowen Hall) PRISM – PRinceton Institute for the Science and (T)echnology of Materials is housed in Bowen Hall.
(Sherrerd Hall) Sherrerd houses Operations Research and Financial Engineering.
(Andlinger/Maeder Hall) Home to the brand-new Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment.

(F) Main Entry of Engineering Quad. Now home to the EQuad Cafe, where you can grab coffee before an 8:30 class or an afternoon snack while you work on a problem set.
(L) ACE Link, aptly named for the confluence of wings A, C, and E. More administrative offices, mostly centered around the Center for Innovation in Engineering Education. There is another entry here, also on the street side.

(J) The J-Wing is uncharted waters. Don’t say we didn’t warn you. Rumor has it that one snowy winter a couple of years ago, a hungry J-wing was forced to cannibalize wings G, H, and I.
(G) The High Energy Physics Building is similarly suspect. 😉

The Street – Prospect Avenue, home of the eating clubs, is useful for much-deserved unwinding after a long hard week, and it’s just below the area on the map.. You’ll also be really happy you’re this close to lunch when you’re an upperclassman. Generally alive and open to the student population on Thursdays and Saturdays. With Friday quizzes in your Freshman physics courses, Thursday visits are not strongly recommended.

Local Establishments

If you’re going to be spending any time around the Engineering Quad, you should know what’s nearby on Nassau, just above the top of this image. Many engineering students have made Hoagie Haven a lunch tradition; it’s also one of the few things open until 2AM. Wild Oats, an organic/whole foods grocery is the closest thing we have to a supermarket this side of Princeton Shopping Center. At some point during the year, you’re sure to visit the strip of restaurants consisting of Waikiki, Thai Village, and Kalluri Corner. Also, Tiger Noodles, George’s Roasters & Ribs, and a movie rental shop are somewhere in that general vicinity.

Jay’s Bike Shop is also very near the E-Quad, which is convenient given the proportion of engineers who have bicycles. We do recommend one. Even those of us who stubbornly refused to purchase one until absolutely necessary finally broke down sometime during second semester. Perhaps it was the day we borrowed our roommates’ and felt separation anxiety upon returning it. A bike can cut a fifteen-minute trip across campus down to five. Eventually, we promise, you will learn all the stairless routes, even through Wilson College. Though there is a Shuttle, it’s really for the grad students; it is nearly impossible for us undergrads to use it in the ten minutes we typically have to get from class to class.

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