PHOTO CAPTION: Sen. Witkos Joins Officials in UConn Engineering Building Groundbreaking

September 11, 2015

StorrsSenator Kevin Witkos (R-Canton), Senate Minority Leader Pro Tempore, joined officials at UConn as well as other state and corporate leaders on Wednesday in breaking ground for a new engineering and science building on UConn’s main campus in Storrs. The building will provide dedicated laboratory space for the University’s growing genomics, biomedical, chemical engineering, and cyber system research programs. The 118,000-square-foot structure was made possible through funding from 21st Century UConn and Next Generation Connecticut.


“With this building we can bring the best professors, the best researchers, the best students and the best minds across the state of Connecticut,” Senator Witkos said. “The key is not only attracting students to the new school of engineering, but also keeping them in the state of Connecticut by offering them jobs afterwards. It’s about getting the best education in an environment where opportunities have a chance to grow and flourish and where students are empowered to go out into the world and create their own opportunities as well.” Witkos said.

Corporate executives in attendance also shared stories with state lawmakers about how they are hiring hundreds of engineers from the University of Connecticut. They expressed that the new building will help UConn continue to supply the type of experienced and educated workforce they need to advance their companies.