Collaborative tech facility to be built on Flint campus

By | December 19, 2022

A building on UM-Flint's campus with two UM-Flint flags on a light pole out front.

A new, innovative academic laboratory space that promotes technology, flexibility and collaboration is coming to the UM-Flint campus.

The 15,000-square-foot building will be located north of the William S. White Building on the north end of the Flint campus, and will serve as a home base for the UM-Flint College of Innovation and Technology.

CIT launched in fall 2021 with 24 students enrolled in the first semester pursuing degrees in digital manufacturing technology, and information technology and informatics.

Enrollment more than doubled this fall with additional programs in cybersecurity, and sustainability and energy technology. Programs in software engineering, health-care technologies, and data science are planned to roll out in fall 2023.

Once completed, the new building will have state-of-the-art laboratories, classrooms, offices and areas to encourage collaboration and interdisciplinary research.

“The new facility will have spaces designed for learning and creativity that are necessary for the future workforce of the state and region,” said Chancellor Deba Dutta when the project received grant funding in October 2021.

Design work for the project is scheduled to begin immediately and will return to the Board of Regents for consideration of schematic designs and the construction schedule. The project is expected to provide an average of 16 on-site construction jobs.

Read the full article on the University Record website and the initial announcement on the UM-Flint news site.

Author: News Staff

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