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School of Engineering Celebrates Successful First Year

FORT MYERS, FL - Florida Gulf Coast University's U.A. Whitaker School of Engineering recently hosted an Ice Cream Social to thank those who helped make the school's first year a success. About 30 people attended the event, including faculty, staff and students. Owen-Ames-Kimball Company sponsored the event.

The School of Engineering had a very successful first year, receiving a $2.5 million gift from the Ginn Company for the university's new engineering building. The School of Engineering currently resides in the College of Business.

The School of Engineering was launched at Florida Gulf Coast University in July 2004 when The Whitaker Foundation gave $5 million toward construction of a facility to house the academic program. The first engineering courses began in August 2005. This spring, the first set of engineering students will complete their freshman year.

The School of Engineering building will be a state-of-the-art structure for studying bioengineering, civil engineering, and environmental engineering. After an incubation period, FGCU plans to develop the School into a full College of Engineering. In the future, FGCU anticipates offering graduate engineering programs at the master's degree level.

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