The Steel Dynamics Foundation Inc. in Angola has pledged $1.5 million toward Trine University’s engineering facility expansion. The 40,000-square-foot expansion will be named the Steel Dynamics Inc. Center for Engineering and Computing.
Designs for the $12.5 million project feature advanced technology, flexible labs and classrooms, an active learning lab with a maker space to foster creativity. The expanded area is intended to become a focal point at the center of campus and a showcase for student work.
“The continual growth of our business requires a ready supply of well-trained engineers, and many who have contributed to the success of Steel Dynamics have come from Trine University,” said Mark Millett, president of Steel Dynamics Inc. “We are pleased to support this expansion in Trine’s facilities and programs, and look forward to the benefit this will provide, not only to SDI, but to industry throughout the region.”
The expansion is expected to help prepare students in high-tech areas such as hardware and software development, computer networking, cybersecurity and health informatics.
“We are grateful for the SDI Foundation’s history of support, and are eager to see the dividends this new investment in Trine University will pay for the greater Fort Wayne area, the state of Indiana and the Midwest as a whole,” said Dr. Earl Brooks, Trine University president. “The partnership of SDI and many other generous supporters is vital as we continue to provide a quality higher education during these challenging times.”
The foundation also has funded a scholarship program at Trine and supports the annual Scholarship Gala.