Trine University has received a $250,000 grant from the 80/20 Foundation Trust for
a new maker space and active learning laboratory to be located in the upcoming expansion
to the university’s engineering facilities.
In recognition of the grant, the area will be named the 80/20 Foundation Maker Space
and Active Learning Lab. The facility will promote innovation by allowing Trine students
to have the opportunity for hands-on experimentation, in order to make changes to
existing concepts or develop their own ideas, methods or products.
“Trine University is grateful for the generous support of the 80/20 Foundation as
we expand and enhance our engineering and technology programming,” said Earl D. Brooks
II, Ph.D., president. “For 135 years, Trine University has provided students the opportunity
to gain real-world experience, encouraging them to become innovators and pioneers
in business and industry. This new addition to our campus will greatly augment these
efforts and allow the university to develop even more leaders who will create and
oversee the technology and processes that will drive the economy in our region and
Based in Columbia City, Indiana, the 80/20 Foundation Trust exists to create opportunities
for students to pursue careers in industrial trades, advanced manufacturing, engineering,
and business with focus on sales and entrepreneurship.
“We are pleased to be able to support Trine University on the Engineering Building
Expansion project,” said John Wood, chairman of 80/20 Foundation Trust Board. “Our
foundation values nonprofit educational partners, such as Trine, that educate students
in areas of expertise in alignment with our strategic priorities of strengthening
manufacturing and entrepreneurship in Northeast Indiana.”
Established by Don Wood, founder of 80/20 Inc., the top T-slotted aluminum building
system in the United States, the trust seeks to build strategic partnerships with
the goal of transforming the industrial workforce while fostering leadership and entrepreneurship
in Northeast Indiana. The foundation was created to generate opportunities for individuals
and institutions to support training and education in industrial technology, machine
tool technology, engineering technology, sales, entrepreneurship and leadership.