Press Release for Monday, February 23, 2004

UNF Dedicates Science&Engineering Building

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JACKSONVILLE – The University of North Florida will dedicate the $22.6 million Science and Engineering Building on Monday, Feb. 23, as part of the events surrounding the inauguration of President John Delaney.

During the ceremony, electrical engineering student Jonas Goode will demonstrate a tesla coil, an electrical device that can turn on a light bulb without making contact. Students also will conduct experiments in the labs following the ceremony.

During the event, Dr. Donald Farshing, an associate professor in the College of Computing, Engineering and Construction and director of UNF’s Florida Engineering Education Delivery System center, will be honored for his work in building the engineering program at the University. Individuals and corporations committed $125,000 to recognize Farshing’s work. A plaque will be placed in Farshing’s honor on the FEEDS Production Laboratory and FEEDS Suite. Donations went toward equipping and enhancing the building’s facilities.

The FEEDS program uses distance-learning tools to provide master's-level engineering courses.

Since arriving at UNF in 1984, Farshing has worked to establish engineering degree programs at UNF. Last year, he was named Professor of the Year by the Northeast Florida Chapter of the Florida Engineering Society.

The Science and Engineering Building will house the electrical, civil and mechanical engineering programs, and the construction management program. The Department of Chemistry and Physics also will move into the building.

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