Chambliss, Marshall, Owen Help Dedicate Science and Engineering Building

November 26, 2007

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Mark Vanderhoek
(478) 301-4037

MACON — Mercer dedicated its new Science and Engineering Building and celebrated the School of Engineering’s 22-year partnership with the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center during a ceremony on Monday, Nov. 26. United States Sen. Saxby Chambliss, U.S. Rep. Jim Marshall and Logistics Center Commander Maj. Gen. Tom Owen spoke at the event.

 

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The Science and Engineering Building is a state-of-the-art teaching and research facility that further advances Mercer University’s position as a leader in engineering and science education in the nation. The building is designed to provide both introductory and advanced educational experiences through the use of specialized classrooms and laboratories that help engineering and science students learn to apply their knowledge and skills.

 

As the largest provider of engineering graduates to Robins Air Force Base, Mercer remains committed to addressing the need of skilled engineers to support the aerospace industry in central Georgia. The two-story facility increases the level of instructional and educational activity under Mercer’s longstanding Education Partnership Agreement with the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center.

 

One of the greatest needs for WR-ALC engineers is training through short courses and graduate education. The Science and Engineering Building further equips Mercer to address these needs. A materials testing system and the new laboratories in the facility expand research capabilities at Mercer and offer hands-on undergraduate laboratory course experience and graduate thesis research for students, while also providing additional production capacity and advanced training for WR-ALC personnel.

 

The building includes an introductory physical science instruction suite of three classrooms, seven laboratories and three support shops, all designed to support students as they master physical science. The Department of Physics, within the College of Liberal Arts, is housed on the second floor of the building.

 

Among the features of the building are laboratories related to the work being performed at Robins, including materials, aging aircraft, electromagnetic interference, avionics and corrosion.  Classrooms equipped with leading-edge instructional technology, student laboratories for research and senior design projects, and a 150-seat auditorium are other highlights of the building.

 

About Mercer University:
Founded in 1833, Mercer University is a dynamic and comprehensive center of undergraduate, graduate and professional education. The University has 7,300 students; 11 schools and colleges – liberal arts, law, pharmacy, medicine, business, engineering, education, theology, music, nursing and continuing and professional studies; major campuses in Macon and Atlanta; four regional academic centers across the state; a university press; two teaching hospitals — Memorial Health University Medical Center and the Medical Center of Central Georgia; educational partnerships with Warner Robins Air Logistics Center in Warner Robins and Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta; an engineering research center in Warner Robins; a performing arts center in Macon; and a NCAA Division I athletic program. For more information, visit www.mercer.edu.

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