Executive Director's Message

FLEXStation Executive Director Erik SanderStarting in 2015, the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering, one of the largest Colleges of Engineering in the nation with over 9,000 students in virtually every engineering discipline, established the Florida Engineering Experiment Station (FLEXStation) to help the State of Florida become a national leader in the high-tech industry.

FLEXStation is building programs that will provide 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. FLEXStation will initially focus on the Computer Science, Information Technology, Cybersecurity, Advanced Manufacturing, Aerospace & Defense, and Biotech industries and expand to other key Florida industries.

FLEXStation will serve citizens and companies across Florida in helping to develop local high-tech industry, in recruiting companies to Florida, in enabling Florida industry to tap into the expertise of Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering faculty, and in providing training such as continuing education and workforce development through a combination of distance delivery and local instruction. FLEXStation is also developing and delivering K-12 outreach experiences to school districts and community organizations across the state of Florida.

FLEXStation includes the UF Engineering Innovation Institute which was established in 2010 and currently has over 15,00 engineering students annually, and will expand the reach of its engineering innovation, entrepreneurship, creativity and leadership curriculum and technology commercialization programs to increase its impact across Florida in myriad areas such as engaging with the statewide startup community and providing promotion of innovative faculty to engage with companies and individuals who wish to support development and commercialization of their research.

Florida Engineering Experiment Station Fast Facts (.pdf)

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

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