Source: Miami’s Community Newspapers
By: Megan Ondrizek
Photo by: Miami’s Community Newspapers. University of Miami provost Jeffrey Duerk (left) and president Julio Frenk (right) are pictured with Patricia and Phillip Frost at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Phillip and Patricia Frost Science and Engineering Building.
Powerful space telescopes with mirrors thinner than a dime. A miniaturized heart, lung and pancreas that offer a less time-consuming and more effective way to test new drugs. And a drone powered not by batteries but by vibrations.
This isn’t the stuff of science fiction, but the consequence of collaboration among University of Miami researchers — chemists, engineers, mathematicians, and pathologists working together to solve global problems and invent new methods for accomplishing age-old tasks.
Such collaboration took a giant step forward on Thursday, May 3, when UM conducted a ceremonial groundbreaking for its new Phillip and Patricia Frost Science and Engineering Building, a structure that will house an intertwined network of institutes aimed at boosting science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) across the university.
“This new building will spark innovation, catalyze scientific advances, and position UM for new and groundbreaking research,” said Jean-Pierre Bardet, dean of UM’s College of Engineering.
Both the facility, the design of which is forthcoming, and the network of institutes, where are known as the Frost Institutes of Science and Engineering, are made possible by a landmark $100 million gift from the namesake UM benefactors who have long expressed a commitment to making Miami a hub for technological and scientific innovation.