It is a culmination of years of planning that has often been slowed down by a wavering economy. Tuesday, FGCU officials including Simmons rejoiced as state and local leaders broke ground on the future site of the Emergent Technologies Institute. “It’s an outreach from the university to the community and to the local industry and this gives us a place from which to do that,” Simmons said.The facility – which is being constructed on six and half acres northeast of the main campus – is being labeled as the anchor of the Innovation Hub. The 240-acre development, FGCU President Wilson Bradshaw says, will be geared toward businesses specializing in environmental sustainability and renewable energy. “It’s not only a cornerstone but it’s going to be a magnet for other businesses and related industries to relocate here,” said Bradshaw. The ETI itself is projected to cost around $12.5 million paid for by the state through efforts of the Florida Legislature and Governor Rick Scott.
Dr. Behr has made contributions in a variety of Structural Engineering research areas. His earlier research focused on the structural performance and durability of building enclosure systems subjected to severe windstorm, earthquake and accelerated weathering effects. His work emphasized experimental structural engineering as applied to glass and aluminum curtain wall systems for multi-story buildings.
Lisa A. Zidek is the Associate Dean in the U.A. Whitaker College of Engineering and Associate Professor in Bioengineering. She joined FGCU in January, 2007 as the Academic Program Director. She received her Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering Health Care Management from the University of Wisconsin. She has served as the Vice President of Student Development for the Institute of Industrial Engineers. She is an ABET Program Evaluator for Industrial Engineering, Systems Engineering, Industrial Engineering Technology and General Engineering programs. Her research interests are in engineering education, with particular emphasis on engineering entrepreneurship and service learning. She was selected to participate in the 2009-2010 Florida Campus Compact Engaged Scholarship Fellows program.
This internship program is designed to provide qualified students in the Environmental/Civil engineering programs with additional engineering work experience outside of and in addition to the classroom environment.
By Encouraging the Next Generation of Innovative iNtelligent Engaged Engineers to Reach Success, the ENGINEERS program within the U. A. Whitaker College of Engineering (WCE) at Florida GulfCoast University (FGCU) gives academically talented students with demonstrated financial need the opportunity to augment their educational experience through enhanced academic mentoring and meaningful extracurricular activities tailored to their own requirements for professional development. In their first two years in the program, participants are provided with enriched academic support, cohort and programmatic activities, discipline specific mentoring, and additional opportunities to engage the engineering community within FGCU and the
Southwest Florida region.
Fox4now.com – By Karl Fortier. CREATED Mar 21, 2015
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Teams from Southwest Florida High Schools gathered at Florida Gulf Coast University Saturday to show off their wheels for their own kind of “street heat” at the 3rd annual Solar Go-Kart Challenge.
Students from thirteen high schools took part in a race on the loop road around FGCU’s campus, driving Go-Karts modified to run on solar power.
“Each of the high schools was tasked with taking a Go-Kart, and retrofitting it with solar panels and battery packs,” said Laura Frost, director of FGCU’s Whitaker Center for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM.)
The defending champs from South Fort Myers high school decided they could improve on their winning Kart from last year.
“We used to have our solar panels on the top,” said South Fort Myers senior Allen Kujrakovic. “We actually moved them to the front and back. It lowers our center of gravity, and it looks pretty cool.”
Many of the other Karts entered in this year’s race did have their panels mounted on top of the vehicle.
While many of the students said they worked on their school’s solar Kart as an after-school project, they say that they learned a few things in the process.
“What we did was we took a gas engine, and we exchanged it for an electric engine,” said Gulf Coast freshman Cameron Teeters. This was Gulf Coast High School’s first time taking part in the challenge.
“We had seven weeks to work on the solar-powered Go-Kart, and what interested me the most was the amount of temwork, and the amount of studiousness that went through this,” added Matthew Holzaepfel, a Gulf Coast sophomore.
Frost says that while the speed of the Karts is limited to about about 30 miles per hour for the race, solar-powered cars, if built, could go much faster.
“We could definitely be driving around in a solar-powered vehicle,” she said.