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$700K in industry contributions to upgrade UH engineering labs

Like any facility, research labs can get out of date and fall into disrepair – and may face a struggle finding funds to upgrade given tight university budgets. When several engineering labs at the University of Hawai’i Manoa faced that challenge, they turned in large part to industry partners for needed funding – to the tune of $700,000.

Led by industry leaders and alumni Jeff Kalani and Ryan Yamauchi, the targeted fundraising will be used to provide much-needed upgrades to the university’s civil and environmental engineering labs.

In recognition of the partners’ contributions, six labs have been officially renamed to reflect their industry sponsors and were on display at a special campus open house. These labs include:

  • SSFM Structures Lab
  • Bowers + Kubota Lecture Hall
  • Jacobs Traffic and Transportation Lab
  • YKE Geotechnical Testing Lab
  • GCA Hawaii and HC&D Concrete and Materials Lab
  • Element Environmental and AECOM Environmental Lab

In total, more than 80 individual and corporate donors contributed to the five-month campaign.

“Championing this fundraising campaign was an honor and Jeff and I are so grateful for the many donors that made it a huge success,” said Yamauchi, president of Element Environmental. “Mahalo for helping us build a better future for our college, our faculty and our students.”

Each lab has created a plan for how to spend their funds, including equipment purchases and repair, software and facilities upgrades, and even a five-foot square seismic shake table used to simulate structural dynamics in earthquakes.

“When practitioners from the engineering and construction industry make contributions to the UH Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, they not only support the school. The funds directly affect the students in the form of upgrades to classrooms, equipment and better methods of instructional delivery,” said Assistant Professor Randall Akiona. “Everyone benefits when our graduates enter the ‘real world’ if they can enjoy an improved college experience.” Source: University of Hawaiʻi News

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