Chancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr., along with board members of Liberty University School of Engineering and Computational Sciences and community leaders, officially christened the school’s new facility, located on the third floor of the Arthur S. DeMoss Learning Center, Tuesday. Completed just before the fall 2008 semester, the facility features two electrical engineering laboratories as well as labs dedicated to faculty research, networking and software, allowing students to learn from knowledgeable professors in a state-of-the–art, hands-on environment.
“Lynchburg is sort of a hub for the construction and maintenance of nuclear power plants and nuclear reactors,” Falwell said. “That fact creates a natural relationship between those industries and Liberty to help train students to learn how to build nuclear power plants. It’s a great way Liberty students can make a real difference in the world.”
Established in fall 2007, the university’s newest school offers degrees in electrical, computer, software and industrial engineering and an intel minor that accompanies the electrical and software concentrations.
The school’s board consists of representatives from local and nationally recognized engineering firms and agencies such as NASA, AREVA, Siemens, Babcock & Wilcox, Tyco and Delta Star.
Dr. Ron Sones, the school’s dean, says he hopes to expand its programs and facilities in the near future and looks forward to seeing Liberty’s first class of engineering students graduate in 2011.
“The students that we have are just fantastic,” he said. “I am so tremendously grateful for the support from our administration. It’s a great start and we’re looking forward to a great future.”