Autodesk, an industry leader in changing how the world is designed and made, signed a $300,000 gift agreement with the University of Florida this past Wednesday on campus. The gift will be evenly split between the University of Florida College of Design, Construction and Planning and the UF Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering.
In October 2018, M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Construction Management Associate Professor Dr. Masoud Gheisari received a grant from the National Science Foundation to figure out how his students could safely learn on construction sites. After all, with more than 150,000 total cases of nonfatal injuries on construction sites annually, the top priority for Rinker students is safety. The problem further deepened in 2020 once the reality of the COVID-19 global pandemic hit.
On a hot, muggy morning in July 2020, University of Florida President Kent Fuchs announced an astonishing $70 million public-private partnership between UF and NVIDIA, thus making artificial intelligence (AI) the centerpiece of a major, long-term initiative combining world-class research infrastructure, cutting-edge analysis and a revolutionary approach to curriculum. As a direct result, UF College of Design, Construction and Planning faculty and students will soon have unprecedented access to AI training, the world’s fastest AI supercomputer in higher education and more.
Thanks to the University of Florida Shimberg Center for Housing Studies in the M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Construction Management and with support from JPMorgan Chase, Floridians have a new statewide web-based mapping app that identifies housing exposed to flood hazards due to storm events and sea level rise.