Daytona Beach, FL
- Embry-Riddle announces they will name their new complex after a U.S. Congressman from Florida.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University will name its new Advanced Aerodynamics Laboratory and Wind Tunnel buildings after U.S. Representative John Mica (R-FL) in honor of his role in supporting the university.
The University's Board of Trustees unanimously approved the naming of the complex which is currently under construction. The complex will be known as the Congressman John Mica Engineering and Aerospace Innovation Complex, or "The MicaPlex." It is scheduled to be finished in Spring 2017.
The university recently received a $5 million construction grant from the State of FL for the complex which, according to the school's press release, "will serve as the cornerstone of the 90-acre Embry-Riddle Research Park, housing an array of technology-focused labs. Its wind tunnel will feature testing, measurement and air flow functions unlike any other comparable technology in the Southeast."
"Congressman Mica has been a tireless supporter of Embry-Riddle and the aerospace and transportation industries," said Embry-Riddle Board of Trustees Chairman Mori Hosseini. "He recognizes that progress at Embry-Riddle equals growth for Florida aerospace and STEM-related careers as well as a huge win for our regional economy."
"It is an honor to have my name associated with anything related to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and especially with a center for aerospace innovation," said Mica. "It is most humbling to receive this recognition, and I thank those who have worked to make this research facility a reality."
(U.S. Representative John Mica, photos courtesy ERAU)
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