Executive Director's Message

Executive Director's Message

FLEXStation Executive Director Erik Sander

The Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering, one of the largest Colleges of Engineering in the nation with over 10,000 students in virtually every engineering discipline has established the Florida Engineering Experiment Station (FLEX) to help the State of Florida become a national leader in high-tech industries.

FLEX is building programs and extending engineering resources into our communities. FLEX, in concert with our Innovation Stations and different programs, provides economic impact and workforce development to Florida companies, communities, and citizens, as well as development services to Florida industry, to facilitate product and project development and technology commercialization.

The Benefits of Public-Private Partnerships

Key factors for succeeding in the 21st-century economy include access to a robust engineering research engine, a talent pipeline to faculty experts, and opportunities to recruit interns and employees into the region who are prepared for engineering leadership and innovation.

Access to the faculty and facilities of a world-class research university gives startups to large high-tech companies the ability to attract funding, expand process and product development, prototype new ideas, and expedite technology commercialization.

With the expansion of high-tech, high-wage jobs, Florida is becoming a nexus for international technological leadership. Through distance learning and workforce development programs, citizens can advance their careers and contribute to the growth of the state’s innovation economy.

Exposure and participation in targeted engineering outreach programs encourage bright, young minds to become the technology leaders of tomorrow and serve as role models for the future generations of Floridians.

We look forward to working with all Florida stakeholders in creating an internationally leading innovation economy.

Erik Sander
Executive Director, Florida Engineering Experiment Station (FLEX)
Michael Durham Director, UF Engineering Innovation Institute