The ribbon was recently cut on the new University of Florida Computer and Information Science and Engineering Building, thanks to a donation by Harris Corporation. Among others, the $3 million in funds from the company helped to renovate the third floor of the building, which was renamed the “Harris Gateway to Learning and Innovation.”
Some of the money was also put into research funds: the Dean’s Excellence Endowment Fund, the Research Excellence Fund in Computer Science and Engineering, and the Pramond P. Khargonekar Junior Faculty Award for Excellence. These grants will all support research in the fields of engineering and computer science.
Harris has taken up the cause of education by donating more than $9 million over the past four years.
“It is imperative that we provide students the latest tools and learning facilities to prepare them to hit the ground running when they join the high-tech workforce,” said Kent Buchanan, chief technology officer at Harris. “These new facilities will help the University of Florida recruit the type of outstanding faculty and students so necessary to maintain a vital and growing state economy.”