Herbert Wertheim Laboratory for Engineering Excellence

Excellence Rising

On October 5, 2016 we celebrated the groundbreaking for our newest facility – our flagship building and future home of the New Engineer. 

hats-web“The only better day than today will be the day we open the doors and begin research and education in this building.”
– Cammy Abernathy  

“This building wouldn’t be here, that shovel wouldn’t be here, our airplanes, our cell phones wouldn’t be here, and we wouldn’t be in the good health we are today, without engineering. We are the key to society improving. Without engineering, nothing happens.”
– Dr. Herbert Wertheim

Architect's rendering: Herbert Wertheim Laboratory for Engineering Excellence

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!

Investing in People, Places and Programs

Key Building Features:

icon-classroomsCLASSROOMS AND TOOLS to facilitate team-based learning, including freshman design labs
icon-collisionFaculty and student COLLISION SPACES to encourage cross-disciplinary collaboration
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