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The Bovay Civil Infrastructure Laboratory Complex has several components that allow CEE students to receive hands-on experience, observing what large forces and displacements can do to soil, concrete, steel, and other fabricated materials and structures. In lecture courses, students have learned the fundamentals and built models to predict effects, but it is in the laboratory that such models are tested and validated, often prompting new theories and new models of infrastructure-behavior. Undergraduates have been involved in several phases of experimental design and subsequent use of the computational simulations, and many students find that they learn more in the time they spend actively testing their work than by just doing classroom work.