Herbert Wertheim Laboratory for Engineering Excellence

Excellence Rising


With the help of a $300 million public-private partnership, UF is transforming the heart of campus into a home and headquarters for the New Engineer. This will be our flagship building: an 84,000 square foot state-of-the-art research and educational environment.

Welcome to the Herbert Wertheim Laboratory for Engineering Excellence!

LATEST: Excellence Off the Ground NOW!

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When the building is complete, it will have 429 tons (858,000 pounds) of rebar – equivalent to the weight of 4 space shuttles!

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The tower crane employed in construction has a total height of 155 feet and 9 inches – approximately the same height as Century Tower!


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Construction progress photo of the Herbert Wertheim Laboratory for Engineering Excellence

Investing in People, Places and Programs

Key Building Features:

icon-classroomsCLASSROOMS AND TOOLS to facilitate team-based learning, including freshman design labs
icon-biotechState of the art BIOTECH LAB to engineer solutions to overcome cancer, cardiovascular and muscular system disorders, and neurodegenerative diseases

icon-prototypingPROTOTYPING LABS to enhance hands-on learning and help develop big ideas
icon-telepresenceTELEPRESENCE LAB to build 21st century communication and networking skills


ROI: Within 5 Years

icon-research-industry$4 million additional industry funding for research

icon-research-multidisciplinary$10 million in additional multidisciplinary research funding

icon-startupsIncreased number of startups

icon-degrees300 more engineering degrees annually through retention and recruiting

Future home of:

  • Computer Engineering
  • Florida Engineering Experiment Station (FLEX)
  • Engineering Innovation Institute (EII)
  • Engineering Leadership Institute (ELI)
  • Freshman design labs and senior capstone design courses for all departments
  • Faculty and student collaboratory spaces



The Wertheim gift catalyzed a powerful public and private fundraising initiative. The college is tremendously grateful to the Florida legislature for investing in engineering education and research, as well as the following private donors:

  • Subroto and Susmita Bagchi
  • Bud and Kim Deffebach
  • Carlos and Olga del Sol
  • Rhonda Holt
  • Gary and Suzy Miller

  • Doug and Jane Miller
  • Dr. Sachio Semmoto
  • W. Kelly Smith
  • David M. Thomas
  • Bill and Lisa Troner