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U.A. Whitaker College of Engineering

U.A. Whitaker College of Engineering

Emergent Technologies Institute (ETI)



Emergent Technologies Institute (ETI) Overview:
16301 Innovation Lane
Fort Myers, FL  33913

Office Manager: Gil Medina, 239-745-4467
ETI Lab Manager:  Christian Bokrand, 239-4245


Take I-75 to Alico Rd (R 8140) Exit 128
Go East 2 miles on Alico (from intersection at Ben Hill Griffin)
- Go past Airport Haul Road and make a left at the next street, Innovation Lane (which may not have a sign)
- Go down 500 ft. and you will see a large white building on your right

Dr. John Woolschlager accepts position as Backe Chair and ETI Director

Dr. John Woolschlager


An Open House was held at the Emergent Technologies Institute on May 31 featuring
the new Master of Science in Engineering Program
Congressman Francis Rooney, who represents Florida’s 19th District 
(which includes Fort Myers and Naples), gave welcoming remarks. 
Congressman Rooney expressed his commitment to solving important water quality
issues -- and to supporting economic growth in our region.

The Event was attended by the Congressman, President Bradshaw, Dean Behr, 
U.A. Whitaker College of Engineering alumni, faculty, staff,
and prospective graduate students.  

Pictured Right to Left:  Congressman Rooney, President Bradshaw, Dr. Richard Behr, Dr. John Woolschlager
(Photo courtesy of Lynn See)

CHAUTAUQUA Event was a huge success! 
Topics of Discussion:  Sustainability, SW Florida, Education, and the FGCU University Colloquium.

See photos below (courtesy of Lynn See)

 SUNCHASE for Elementary and Middle School students was a HUGE success!
See video and pics below!

Solar Go-Cart Competition





Photos of the ETI as of 3/30/16 (courtesy of Lynn See)

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 Inside Building


ETI Ground-Breaking Ceremony held on February 24, 2015 (scroll to NBC 2 News article below photo)

 Ground-Breaking Ceremony


A groundbreaking was held Tuesday for a major expansion project at Florida Gulf Coast University - where the Emergent Technologies Institute has been years in the making.

 "We sputtered forward - then moved a little bit backward - but now we're totally going forward at full speed," said Joseph Simmons, FGCU's Backe Chair for Renewable Energy.

 It is a culmination of years of planning that has often been slowed down by a wavering economy.

 On Tuesday, university officials including Simmons rejoiced as state and local leaders broke ground on the future site of the Emergent Technologies Institute.

 "It's an outreach from the university to the community and to the local industry and this gives us a place from which to do that," Simmons said.

 The facility - which is being constructed on six and half acres northeast of the main campus - is being labeled as the anchor of the Innovation Hub.

 The 240-acre development, FGCU President Wilson Bradshaw says, will be geared toward businesses specializing in environmental sustainability and renewable energy.

 "It's not only a cornerstone but it's going to be a magnet for other businesses and related industries to relocate here," said Bradshaw.

 The ETI itself is projected to cost around $12.5 million paid for by the state through efforts of the Florida Legislature and Governor Rick Scott.

 "It's a good investment on the state's behalf and if folks consider me a champion for that, it's something I'll be very proud of," said Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto.

 State leaders say with a focus on the emergent technologies, the facility could also be breaking ground in other areas.

 "The utilization of new technologies in that arena, I think that's going to be focus here and that's very exciting because I don't think that exists anywhere else in state," Benacquisto said.

 The facility is set to open at the end of this year on an expanding a campus that continues to make a name for itself.

 "It's finding it's place in the state among the best of our universities and that also makes us very proud," said Benacquisto.

Source article: Groundbreaking held for FGCU's technology facilities