The Aeronautical Engineering building will take on a whole new look and function to allow Trine to launch a new master of biomedical engineering degree this fall, thanks to a seven–figure gift from Tri–State University alumnus and Trine University trustee James D. Bock and his wife, Joan.
Bock earned a bachelor′s degree in mechanical engineering at Tri–State, now Trine, in 1954. The gift will lead to the remodeling of the AE building as the Bock Center for Biomedical Engineering.
"Joan and I believe we have been blessed to have the opportunity and the resources to offer an orthopedic program for the benefit of Trine′s engineering students," Jim said. "The biotech industry is a relatively new science, and we believe it offers a variety of career options for students trained in this discipline."
The remodeling sets the stage for the addition of the master′s degree, developed as a response to expressed student educational needs. Expert faculty members will be added to support the engineering graduate degree program.
The renovation will include new windows, new roof, new entrances and demolition of all interior spaces. A new lab will be barrier–free and without walls to allow for greater collaboration and class movement in and about the research area. New laboratory equipment will be installed specific to the biomedical engineering field.
The program′s laboratory and curriculum design support the needs of the orthopedic businesses in Warsaw, Ind., the orthopedic capital of the world. The project also supports Orthoworx, a Warsaw–based industry, community and education initiative to advance and support growth and innovation within the region′s uniquely concentrated, globally significant orthopedics device sector.
"As in the past, Tri–State/Trine students will be successful in business and leadership activities. We believe this program offers them an opportunity to move into an industry where they may enjoy the same, if not more, rewards than the graduates who preceded them. We look forward to seeing the rebuilding of the old AE facility into a high–tech teaching venue and to see the students respond to this new opportunity," Jim said.