POSTED: Friday, January 17, 2014 - 6:09pm
UPDATED: Sunday, January 26, 2014 - 3:54pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — Good news for LSU's College of Engineering. It received a $1 million donation
LSU's College of Engineering's been around for more than 100 years. It's one of the fastest growing engineering colleges in the country, so expanding its facilities is not just a want, but a need.
"This is going to have a large impact," Rick Koubek, the dean of the College of Engineering said. "We've gotten some good donations, but this is certainly one of the most important ones we've had."
BASF Corporation, which invests millions of dollars each year to projects that will better the community, and now it's investing in LSU and donating $1 million to the College of Engineering.
"It will provide our researchers with a unique laboratory so they can do studies, and it will provide a vehicle for us to provide outreach to high school and middle school students through the high-tech video equipment," Koubek said. "So, we can give examples of laboratory experiences to the students in there classrooms."
It's part of the college's "Breaking New Ground" campaign. The campaign focuses on creating more facilities to better the school, the community and the students.
"Even though I'm graduating in the next couple of semesters, it's exciting to hear just because it's finally getting done," Robelot said.
For senior mechanical engineering student, Jordan Robelot, she's proud to be part this school, but she's ready for some improvements.
"A couple of classrooms in here that actually have as good of technology as the business building that's just been built or any other building that would really help out with us since technology is improving every year," Robelot said.
"We're very grateful, and we're really excited because it represents the continuing partnership that LSU College of Engineering has with BASF over the many years," Koubek said.
The college is still making final preparations for the project. The construction of the new facility will begin this fall.