Harris Gateway to Learning and Innovation Inaugurated

Dean Cammy R. Abernathy cutting the ribbon at the Harris Gateway to Learning and Innovation

Harris Corporation recently gave $3 million to create an endowed research fund called the Research Excellence Fund in Computer Science and Engineering. In recognition of this gift, the department has named space on the 3rd floor, now known as the Harris Gateway to Learning and Innovation.

“The Harris gift is an example of how leadership, partnership and innovation can mutually benefit two dynamic organizations, and in turn, benefit industry and the nation’s economy,” said Cammy R. Abernathy, Ph.D., Dean of the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering. “It is also a fitting tribute to the launch of the college’s celebration of its 100th anniversary.”

The Harris Gateway seeks to address three major challenges that are faced by the CISE Department. According to the Harris Corporation Gateway proposal that led to this gift, first, it seeks to arrest the decline in student enrollment by investing in cutting-edge research and creating an environment that encourages collaboration. Second, it will help retain and recruit top talent within the faculty by providing early support for promising young faculty. Finally, it will enable collaboration between Harris Corporation and the University of Florida at even greater heights, and strengthen the Harris Corporation brand among CISE students, faculty and the greater Gator community.

In addition, we anticipate future collaboration with visiting faculty from Harris. In recognition of this generous gift, the entrance and main lobby of the CISE Department has been renovated. The distinct entrance, name and ambience has created an updated look and use of the space, and has been designed as a space for “intellectual collision” – a natural and comfortable space for the 1100 students, 40 faculty and the many guests who mingle after labs or class. All major on-campus Department sponsored events, including hosting for faculty candidates and the prospective students and their families will be held in the Harris Gateway