Engineering Education and Design Center – Design Teams Chosen
Dana Humphrey, Dean of Engineering, said that “this month, UMaine selected a design team which has a solid reputation for designing engineering and science laboratories for universities across the country.” An official announcement of the design team will be forthcoming.
As plans progress, additional companies, many of whom employ UMaine en gineering graduates, will be involved in this project. “The UMaine College of Engineering is proud to have our alumni helping to build a future for the next generation of engineers.”
In June, plans for UMaine’s top building priority advanced dramatically thanks to a bipartisan funding agreement reached at Maine’s State House.
Gov. Paul R. Lepage ’75G and the Maine State Legislature have agreed to commit $50 million toward the cost of constructing a new engineering classroom and design building on the Orono campus. Fundraising and university financial support will make up the difference between the State funds and the projected $80 million total cost of the 113,000-square-foot building.
Current data indicated that engineers have a $3.7 billion impact on the state’s economy. That’s eight percent of Maine’s total gross domestic product (GDP). The new engineering and design center will increase UMaine’s capacity to educate engineers by more than 1,000 students. Business and industry leaders view that need as urgent, given that economic projections show that Maine will need an additional 1,750 engineers in the state’s workforce over the next decade.
More information about the engineering center may be found online in the Spring 2017 edition of Maine Alumni Magazine (p. 18-22).
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