Wertheim Family Foundation Gifts UF College of Engineering with $50 MillionOctober 5th, 2015 by gainesvillechamber
Dr. Herbert Wertheim and the Dr. Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Family Foundation have committed $50 million to launch a $300 million public and private investment in the University of Florida’s College of Engineering.
The Wertheim gift, the largest cash gift in UF’s history, is the cornerstone of a fund-raising initiative that will pool funds from the university, the state of Florida, and private donors to revolutionize engineering education and research at the UF College of Engineering.
The college will now become the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering. The Wertheims’ $50 million gift is the catalyst for the largest expansion in the 105-year history of UF Engineering. The transformation will fund additional faculty, several state-of-the-art facilities and enhancements in engineering education delivery. The goal is inspiring engineers to seek humanitarian solutions in an effort to re-imagine the way we live today and into the future.
At least two high-tech facilities are planned for the college at UF, including the 80,000-square-foot Engineering Innovation building, which will also be named in Wertheim’s honor. The innovation building is scheduled for groundbreaking in spring 2016. It will be located at the heart of the UF campus and designed to encourage interdisciplinary collaboration.
To read what leaders including Gainesville Area Chamber President/CEO Susan Davenport and others have to say about the pivotal announcement, click here: http://news.ufl.edu/articles/2015/10/300-million-university-of-florida-college-of-engineering-transformation-begins-with-50-million-naming-gift.php.