Dec 08 2004

SHELBY ANNOUNCES $35 MILLION FOR TRANSPORTATION TECHNOLOGY CENTER AT AUBURN

President Signs Consolidated Appropriations Bill into Law

U. S. Senator Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.), Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Treasury and General Government, announced today that President Bush signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2005. Included in this legislation, at the request of Senator Shelby, is $35 million for the Transportation Technology Center at Auburn University.

Senator Shelby said, “I am pleased to announce these funds for the second phase of Auburn University’s Transportation Technology Center. The Transportation Technology Center will house research, instructional and administrative offices for a multitude of engineering programs within the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering. The first phase of the facility will house laboratories, classrooms, lecture halls and administrative and faculty offices. The second phase will include facilities to accommodate the Department of Mechanical Engineering with research emphasis on vehicle dynamics, fuel cells and advanced propulsion systems. The second phase will also house general laboratories, clean room facilities and incubator laboratories designed to grow innovative technologies to improve transportation infrastructure. This phase will add the square footage needed to increase research funding and development efforts, and ultimately job creation.”

“Indeed, the Transportation Technology Center at Auburn will continue the College of Engineering’s commitment to attracting excellent faculty while also producing graduates who have excelled in science and engineering,” Shelby added.