“Twenty by 2020” denotes Florida International University's (FIU) goal of increasing engineering grad percentages over the next four years, said President Mark Rosenburg recently in Miami, Florida as he unveiled plans for the institute’s new 225,000-square-foot engineering facility.
To achieve the vision of providing fully trained STEM professionals, Rosenburg announced FIU’s intention to construct a $150-million, LEED-certified building south of the Modesto A. Maidique Campus with dual goals of hatching 350 extra engineers yearly — 20 percent more than currently — and creating 550 jobs in the South Florida region.
"This engineering expansion will propel South Florida forward by expanding the quantity and quality of jobs, nurturing start-up companies and acting as a collaborative research center," Rosenberg said. "We get it! FIU is a solutions center and we're determined to do our part to create a tech hub in Miami that will contribute to the prosperity of our region and our state. We're passionate about developing and keeping talent in our community."
The growth will increase the research outlay by $30 million and enable over two dozen additional patent applications annually. Plans focus largely on medical-related fields — medicine, nursing, health sciences and public health. Additionally, the new building’s proximity to allied programs at the campus — including biomedical and environmental engineering, among others — will encourage interactive research collaboration.
"We are educating the next generation of engineers and computer scientists, who will be innovative leaders," Ranu Jung, FIU's College of Engineering and Computing interim dean, said.
Modesto A. Maidique Campus, FIU’s original site, occupies five blocks on Tamiami Trail in West Miami-Dade County. In addition to the Maidique Campus, FIU maintains a second hub at its Biscayne Bay Campus in North Miami Beach.