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Our Partnerships

Our state universities have the honor of working with global leading companies in industries like healthcare, aerospace, software/IT, entertainment, defense, agricultural, manufacturing, and many others. Below are examples of our SUS institutions’ many partnerships.

Johnson & Johnson establishes 3-D Printing Center Polymer Lab at UNF

Ribbon cutting at the 3D Printing Lab at University of North Florida

Ribbon cutting at the 3D Printing Lab at University of North Florida

The University of North Florida and Johnson & Johnson are partnering to establish the 3-D Printing and Netshape Technologies Center Polymer Laboratory at UNF. The new lab, in the College of Computing, Engineering and Construction, is dedicated to the study, analysis, research and development of 3-D printing technologies. The allocation of the 3-D Printing Laboratory space, housed in the Science and Engineering Building at UNF, will provide cooperative educational and research opportunities for university undergraduate and graduate students as well as faculty researchers in the engineering, chemistry, biology and physics disciplines. In turn, the Laboratory will also provide research and development benefits for Johnson & Johnson. Johnson & Johnson’s partnership with the University includes equipping, and maintaining the space for the 3-D Printing Laboratory as well as providing educational and research opportunities for UNF students and faculty researchers, plus teaching and student mentoring. Johnson & Johnson personnel will also teach for-credit and not-for-credit courses, seminars and workshops or provide other educational opportunities to UNF students, faculty and staff. Additionally, it will fund the cost of UNF graduate research assistantships for students employed by the University working on theses or dissertations under the direct supervision of Johnson & Johnson personnel.

Florida A&M University partners with Domi Station

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Florida A&M University has an agreement with North Florida’s Domi Station, located in Tallahassee, to provide students with a space to incubate their business ideas. FAMU’s School of Business and Industry facilitated the partnership with Domi Station to offer incubator and co-working space with the goal of establishing high-impact startup companies among students. The incubator program invests in early-stage entrepreneurs and accelerates their growth by providing access to a network of mentors, investors, and collaborators.  Through Domi Stations, students are exposed to all sides of business as well as in-depth industry knowledge in developing a product or service.

Ultimate Software, the Florida Legislature and partners create a technology ecosystem at FIU

Students repair a computer at FIU Tech Station

Students repair a computer at FIU Tech Station

FIU’s $3 million Tech Station has created a technology ecosystem to encourage collaboration and creativity among students.

Designed for students of FIU’s School of Computing and Information Sciences in the College of Engineering & Computing, the 8,000-square-foot facility is helping students experience a new atmosphere and develop a fresh perspective about the computing field.

Multiple tech companies, including Ultimate Software, have partnered with the School of Computing and Information Sciences and Tech Station in an effort to expose students to future employers.

The facility was paid for by an Information Technology Performance Funding grant and a Targeted Educational Attainment (TEAm) grant, funded by the Florida Legislature.

FAU, Scripps Florida and Max Planck form groundbreaking research and education collaboration

FAU and two of the world’s premier research institutions, Scripps Florida and the Max Planck Florida Institute, are creating one-of-a-kind education programs that are strengthening Palm Beach County’s position as a hub of scientific inquiry, innovation and economic development. The collaboration will recruit the best talent to the neurosciences hub on FAU’s Jupiter campus and create a research ecosystem where FAU, Scripps, Max Planck and others develop complimentary Research and Development enterprises while providing student training, research and patient care focused on personalized medicine. Ultimately, the alliance will help diagnose and cure diseases, develop drugs, educate students and generate jobs.

UWF explores national parks to develop Next Exit History mobile app

Next Exit History - a free mobile app that links visitors to nearby historical sites using the device's GPS

Next Exit History — A free mobile app that links visitors to nearby historical sites using a device’s GPS

University of West Florida Professor Dr. Patrick Moore designed his summer course to take place outside of the classroom and across the country. Comprised of a fact-finding roadtrip, the course took Moore and his students across 11 states, 28 days and 25 national parks. The class embarked on a mission to further develop content for Next Exit History — a GPS-based app that contains information on more than 60,000 historical sites around the nation.

“With the National Park Service Centennial right around the corner, we were in a unique position to highlight almost 100 years of history with nearly 400 new entries to the app,” said Dr. Moore.

The app, developed by Moore and his colleagues, strives to make history more accessible, relevant and lucrative. Suzanne Lewis – a 34-year veteran of the National Park Service, who serves on the UWF Board of Trustees – said she hoped the app would allow the historic agency to reach new and wider audiences and remain relevant in an era of digital media saturation.

“There are 494 units of the national park system,” she said. “Most of them are in your backyard or relatively close, but you don’t realize it.” Next Exit History is poised to help students, Lewis said, by equipping them with the sort of cutting-edge skills that are in demand in today’s crowded job market. NEH partners with communities and organizations to underwrite the cost of content development, creating job opportunities for budding historians.

“It really makes you realize what drove people out there and how these cultures developed,” said Krystal Johnson, a graduate student in UWF’s public history program. “The coursework prepared us, but actually going there changed everything.”


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