Hofstra University will build a new, 65,000-square-foot home for the School of Engineering and Applied Science, which has seen enrollment more than doubled since it was launched in 2012.
The new building will be funded in part by a $25 million state grant aimed at creating a research corridor in the Long Island region. Hofstra will match the grant. This new facility will help address the demand for highly skilled engineering and computer science professionals by providing students with access to state-of-the-art laboratories and other space, including new bioengineering and civil engineering labs, including a soils and foundation lab and a structures and vibrations lab.
Already, Hofstra has invested more than $11 million in renovating the school’s existing space, buying new equipment and building new Big Data and robotics labs. The school also offers an innovative co-op program in which students get paid work experience with corporate leaders in their field of study.
Since 2012, enrollment at the School of Engineering and Applied Science has shot up more than 150 percent.
“Our new, state-of-the-art home for the School of Engineering and Applied Science will help address the demand for engineers and computer scientists with advanced skills necessary to transform and sustain the region’s economy for decades to come,” said Hofstra President Stuart Rabinowitz. “The $25 million state grant, matched by Hofstra University, will fund a 65,000-square-foot building to accommodate rapidly increasing enrollment, new and expanded programs and our Center for Innovation. We are gratified that the state is supporting the development of a research corridor on Long Island to expand the partnerships between higher education institutions, industry and government that are so critical to building an innovation economy.
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