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Harris Donates $1M for new Student Design Center

A $1 million gift from Harris Corporation will create a Student Design Center to serve College of Engineering and College of Science seniors completing capstone design projects, the university announced on Jan. 21.

The 11,500-square-foot, single-story structure will be located on the south side of campus, not far from the Harris Center for Science and Engineering.  Additionally, in recognition of the gift’s significance, the university announced that the Florida Tech Commons building will be renamed Harris Commons.

“I am particularly proud of Florida Tech’s decades-long partnership with Harris, and grateful for this gift,” said Florida Tech President and CEO Anthony J. Catanese. “Design projects are a critical learning experience for our students. These projects give the engineers and scientists of tomorrow practical skill application before they graduate and enter the workplace. Harris is making an important investment in the next generation of innovation and discovery.”

Left to right: Joseph A. Boyd, former chairman, president and CEO of Harris; Phillip W. Farmer, former chairman, president and CEO of Harris and current Florida Tech Board of Trustees chairman; William M. Brown, current Harris chairman, president and CEO; Florida Tech President and CEO Anthony J. Catanese; and John T. Hartley, former chairman, president and CEO, Harris.

Left to right: Joseph A. Boyd, former chairman, president and CEO of Harris; Phillip W. Farmer, former chairman, president and CEO of Harris and current Florida Tech Board of Trustees chairman; William M. Brown, current Harris chairman, president and CEO; Florida Tech President and CEO Anthony J. Catanese; and John T. Hartley, former chairman, president and CEO, Harris.

The Harris Student Design Center will be located on the south side of campus, not far from the Harris Center for Science and Engineering that opened in 2009. In the new Harris Student Design Center’s high bay space, student teams will fabricate and assemble a variety of projects, from unmanned submersibles and Baja cars to lunabots.

“We are fortunate to have a top technological university such as Florida Tech so close to our world headquarters,” said William M. Brown, Harris chairman, president and chief executive officer.

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