Press Release for Tuesday, September 19, 2017
APR Energy/John and Suzanne Campion Family Foundation Donate Funds for 3-D Printing Lab Expansion
Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Director
Department of Public Relations
The John and Suzanne Campion Family Foundation and APR Energy generously donated $250,000 to the University of North Florida’s College of Computing, Engineering and Construction to assist in the expansion of its 3-D Printing and Netshape Technologies Center Polymer Laboratory at UNF for more research space.
“I’m pleased to support UNF’s College of Computing, Engineering and Construction as it continues on its mission to make significant contributions to the region’s economy and to inspire students to explore the possibilities within STEM fields,” said APR Energy chairman John Campion, of the John and Suzanne Campion Family Foundation. “Our goal with this donation is to support UNF, with the addition of this new 3-D printing facility, so that it’s well-situated to continue growing its engineering offerings.”
The 3-D Printing and Netshape Technologies Center Polymer Laboratory at UNF, which opened in the fall of 2015, provides cooperative educational and research opportunities for University undergraduate and graduate students as well as faculty researchers in the engineering, chemistry, biology and physics disciplines. Research in the lab, currently housed in the Science and Engineering Building, Building 50, is increasing and more space is needed for future projects.
CCEC plans to construct a facility behind the Science and Engineering Building, which will be two-stories tall and approximately 6,000 square feet, housing the new 3-D printing lab space. The donation by APR Energy and the Foundation will allow for design and construction document completion as well as an estimated project cost in order to put a bid out for construction.
“This generous gift will propel the College to a new level of research and education as well as international recognition as 3-D printing is the most transformative innovation to hit manufacturing since the steam engine,” said Dr. Mark Tumeo, UNF CCEC dean.
The College of Computing, Engineering and Construction at UNF offers exciting and demanding degree programs that lead to highly rewarding careers. One of the College’s hallmarks is the interaction of the faculty with students on research projects. Faculty is committed to preparing students to make significant contributions to their chosen professions and the Northeast Florida region and beyond.
UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.