Aug 14 2008

Senator announces $30M award to The University of South Alabama

Mobile Press Register

$30 million to construct its Engineering and Science Center, U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Tuscaloosa, announced Wednesday.

The grant comes from the U.S. Department of Commerce National Institute of Standards and Technology, Shelby said, and will be used to build laboratory and research facilities for future engineers, scientists and researchers.

Local industrial leaders will also be able to use the facility, he said.

"I believe very strongly in the need for Alabama's colleges and universities to offer exemplary science and engineering education," Shelby said in a news release. "The Mobile area has seen remarkable growth in its aerospace and medical research sectors. This expanding base of science and technology industries will only demand more skilled workers for high paying jobs in the future. This grant funding will allow USA to construct a state-of-the-art facility in order to prepare students for that workforce."