Florida Tech Receives State Funding for Equipment, Indian River Lagoon Research Initiative

the university will receive nearly $3 million for projects

Florida Tech will receive vital funding in the 2022-23 state budget to equip its growing health sciences and advanced manufacturing programs and for ongoing efforts to help the Indian River Lagoon through efforts of Governor Ron DeSantis’ final legislative approval Thursday. (picture Florida Tech)

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Florida Tech will receive vital funding in the 2022-23 state budget to equip its growing health science and advanced manufacturing programs and for ongoing efforts to help the Indian River Lagoon through the efforts of Governor Ron DeSantis’ final legislative approval Thursday.

The university will receive $2 million for its Specialized Aerospace Biomedical Manufacturing (BAM) Equipment Project and $921,500 for the design engineering and licensing phase of the Restore Lagoon Inflow (RLI) Temporary Demonstration Project. the US Army Corps (phase III of the global project).

“Florida’s high-tech workforce and renowned quality of life are two pillars of the Sunshine State’s economic success, and Florida Tech is honored to play a role in strengthening these two critical areas,” said the interim president Marco Carvalho.

“We thank Governor DeSantis and our STEM supporters in the Legislative Assembly for giving us the tools to help our students and faculty make a difference.”

The funding moves were sponsored in the Florida House by Rep. Randy Fine and Rep. Thad Altman and in the Florida Senate by Senator Tom Wright and Senator Debbie Mayfield, and supported by former Rep. Rene Plasencia.

BAM will help secure equipment for Florida Tech’s new Gordon Nelson Health Sciences Building and its Advanced Manufacturing and Innovative Design Center, creating availability in academic programs for the biomedical, aerospace, and manufacturing sectors.

The addition of equipment such as atomic force microscopes, virtual dissecting tables, and specialized 3D printers will provide powerful opportunities to expose students to equipment used by Florida’s targeted industries. They will use it to develop new technologies and new jobs. (picture Florida Tech)

The addition of equipment such as atomic force microscopes, virtual dissecting tables, and specialized 3D printers will provide powerful opportunities to expose students to equipment used by Florida’s targeted industries. They will use it to develop new technologies and new jobs.

Providing access to technology and enhanced capabilities for Florida Tech students, as well as broader career engagement and skills programs, BAM will increase STEM workforce availability, hands-on project work in areas such as prosthetics and tissue generation, and career awareness for growing biomedical. , aerospace and manufacturing targeted industries in Florida.

As university researchers prepare for the third phase of the RLI initiative and process incoming data, next steps include authorizing and continuing research supporting the demonstration project at Port Canaveral involving the careful and temporary introduction of small amounts of seawater in the Indian River. Lagoon.

Early findings from the Florida Tech-led team suggest the ailing estuary would benefit from a boost of human intervention to help rejuvenate natural processes that have historically helped recycle and remove excess nutrients. .

CLICK HERE FOR BREVARD COUNTY NEWS

Comments are closed.