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Congressman Stutzman tours
Trine campus Tuesday morning
From left, Michael Bock, Trine senior vice president; Jack A. Shaw, vice chairman, Trine University Board of Trustees; Congressman Marlin Stutzman (R-Third district) and Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D., Trine president. Photo by Dean Orewiler, Trine photographer.
President, senior VP, trustee
offer update on what's happening
ANGOLA, Ind. – Trine University’s president and other representatives enjoyed an opportunity Tuesday morning to show U.S. Congressman Marlin Stutzman (R-Ind. third district) the construction progress of a new structure and provide a briefing on campus initiatives.
“We’re always glad for an opportunity to show our campus and talk about some of the exciting changes, such as the construction of the Jim and Joan Bock Center for Innovation and Biomedical Engineering,” said Earl D. Brooks II, Trine president. Michael Bock, senior vice president, and Jack Shaw, vice chairman of the Trine University Board of Trustees, also met with Brooks and Stutzman.
Stutzman was updated on the progress of the Jim and Joan Bock Center for Innovation and Biomedical Engineering, which is scheduled to be ready for students this fall. The Bock Center will house a variety of labs for the engineering program, including a bigger and better cast metals lab. Other planned labs are for biomedical engineering, bio materials, biomechanics, plastics, mechanical and electrical, scanning electron microscope and student venture.
The new center will also be the home of Trine’s Innovation One, an initiative launched in August that piqued Stutzman’s interest. Innovation One is an incubator for creativity, invention and design that will foster economic growth by supporting new and existing businesses. It is also a source of expert advice, complemented by multiple university sources, including students from all programs. Under the direction of Tom DeAgostino, Innovation One has completed more than 20 projects for business and public section entities. It is available to assist with research and development, or other business or engineering needs.
“Trine’s reputation for strong engineering programs continues to grow and I was happy to learn more about Innovation One and everything that is happening on the campus,” Stutzman said. “Of course, I’m always interested in learning about efforts to advance economic development in the region and state.”
Stutzman’s visit fell during the last week of class for students. Final exams are scheduled for next week and commencement is set for Saturday, May 4.
After the campus briefing, Stutzman met with local reporters in Trine’s Franks Conference Suite in the C.W. Sponsel Administration Center. He fielded questions about the Boston marathon bombings and gun control.
For more information about Trine’s Innovation One, visit www.innovation1.org.
For more information about Congressman Stutzman, visit http://stutzman.house.gov/.