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University of Windsor

Centre for Engineering Innovation receives $40 million in infrastructure funding

The Centre for Engineering Innovation project received a $40 million boost Monday under the Knowledge Infrastructure Program, an economic stimulus measure to support infrastructure enhancement at post-secondary institutions. The project is funded equally by the provincial and federal governments and provides funding at the university level to improve quality of research and development.

"The federal government has recognized the importance of the University of Windsor to the future of the Windsor-Essex region," said President Alan Wildeman. "This direct investment of $40 million toward the Centre for Engineering Innovation will, along with the province's comparable commitment to this project, play a vital role in creating an extraordinary education and research facility that will become a major hub for our region and country. In the immediate term, the project is expected to create over 1,500 jobs and have an economic impact in the region of over $250 million."

Dr. Wildeman said that students at the centre will have Canada's most advanced engineering learning environment, a unique industrial centre within the building where companies can work directly with researchers on innovations that will be part of the region's economic future.

"It will be a place designed to transform ideas into value," Wildeman said. "I am grateful to everyone in government, on campus and in the Windsor-Essex County community, for their extraordinary vision and commitment."

Reporters surround UWindsor President Alan Wildeman and Dean of Engineering Graham Reader for their reaction to an announcement Monday of a $40 million Knowledge Infrastructure Program investment in the University’s Centre for Engineering Innovation.