The Steel Dynamics Foundation Inc. has pledged $1.5 million toward Trine University’s
engineering facility expansion.
In honor of Steel Dynamics’ generous support, the new 40,000-square-foot expansion
will be named the Steel Dynamics Inc. Center for Engineering and Computing.
“The continual growth of our business requires a ready supply of well-trained engineers,
and many who have contributed to the success of Steel Dynamics have come from Trine
University,” said Mark Millett, president and CEO of Steel Dynamics Inc. “We are pleased
to support this expansion in Trine’s facilities and programs, and look forward to
the benefit this will provide, not only to SDI, but to industry throughout the region.”
“We are grateful for the SDI Foundation’s history of support, and are eager to see
the dividends this new investment in Trine University will pay for the greater Fort
Wayne area, the state of Indiana and the Midwest as a whole,” said Earl D. Brooks
II, Ph.D., Trine University president. “The partnership of SDI and many other generous
supporters is vital as we continue to provide a quality higher education during these
A longtime supporter of Trine University, the Steel Dynamics Foundation Inc. has provided
major gifts toward the Steel Dynamics Inc./Keith E. Busse Athletic and Recreation
Center and the Thunder Ice Arena. The foundation also has funded a scholarship program
at Trine and supports the annual Scholarship Gala.
In addition, Steel Dynamics Inc. provides internships, co-op and employment opportunities
to Trine students.
Enrollment in the Allen School of Engineering and Computing has risen 72 percent over
the past decade to nearly 1,000 students, with engineering students accounting for
more than 40 percent of Trine’s main campus student population. The new expansion
to Trine’s facilities will help prepare skilled professionals in critical high-tech
areas such as hardware and software development, computer networking, cybersecurity
and health informatics.
Designs for the $12.5 million project feature state-of-the-art technology, flexible
labs and classrooms, an active learning lab with a maker space to foster creativity,
and bright, open spaces for collaboration and conversation, including a new gathering
point and cafe available to the entire campus. The new area is intended to become
a focal point at the center of campus and a showcase for student work.
Last Updated: 04/05/2021