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FAU Receives Grant from the Florida Engineering Foundation
BOCA RATON, FL (May 10, 2010) – Florida Atlantic University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science has received a $2,000 grant from the Florida Engineering Foundation (FEF) to support students competing in professional, society-sponsored design competitions.
“One of the most valuable learning and team-building experiences our students can have comes from competition with their peers at the national level,” said Karl Stevens, dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science at FAU. “This generous gift from the Florida Engineering Foundation helps make this possible and is very much appreciated.”
The FAU Owls Racing Team is one of three FAU teams to receive funds from the FEF grant. The team will be competing in the 2010 Formula SAE Competition in Brooklyn, Michigan from Tuesday, May 12 through Saturday, May 15. The FAU team will join more than 100 university teams from around the world at the Michigan International Speedway.
The FEF grant also will help fund the FAU Autonomous Surface Vehicle Club (ASVC), who will be participating in the 2010 Autonomous Surface Vehicle (ASV) competition. The annual contest is sponsored by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI). The goal of the competition is to advance the state of the art in ASV design by challenging a new generation of scientists and engineers to create a system capable of performing various missions in a marine environment.
FAU’s Human Powered Submarine (HPS) Race Team also will benefit from FEF. With the competition taking place underwater, these races are a challenge of human “peddling” strength and endurance, as well as a test of putting academic theory into practice. In 2009, the team won the “Absolute Speed” award for having the fastest sub at the race. The 11th annual International Submarine Races will be the next competition for the HPS Race Team, which will take place in summer 2011.
The FEF was established in 1986 to encourage and assist students in pursuing engineering careers and to educate the public about engineering.
About Florida Atlantic University:
Florida Atlantic University opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves more than 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. Building on its rich tradition as a teaching university, with a world-class faculty, FAU hosts 10 colleges: College of Architecture, Urban & Public Affairs, Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science, the College of Business, the College of Education, the College of Engineering & Computer Science, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Graduate College, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. For more information, visit www.fau.edu.