State funding will help break ground for new OU Engineering Center

A $30 million grant provided by the state of Michigan will help finance the new 127,000 sq. ft. home of Oakland University’s School of Engineering and Computer Science, which will feature state-of-the-art classrooms and research space.

The funding comes from Michigan’s FY 2010-2011 capitol outlay bill, which will provide $383 million in state funding to support over a billion dollars in capitol projects for the state’s colleges and universities.

Construction of the building will help OU respond to its 13 straight years of record enrollment numbers, while enhancing the school’s global competitiveness and reputation.

“We are extremely grateful that funding for the Engineering Center is included in the capital outlay bill, as we believe it will help expand our highly skilled workforce, advance research and foster technological innovation that will fuel the development of a 21st century economy in Michigan,” says OU President Gary Russi.

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