Embry-Riddle’s $10 Million wind tunnel complex named for U.S. Rep. John Mica

ORLANDO — A multimillion-dollar project that will feature an aerodynamics lab and wind tunnel now has an official name, the Orlando Business Journal reported.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University named its $10 million complex after U.S Rep. John Mica on April 8. The university’s board of trustees unanimously approved the naming of the complex that is currently under construction. The new name is officially the John Mica Engineering & Aerospace Innovation Complex or The MicaPlex.

“Congressman Mica has been a tireless supporter of Embry-Riddle, and the aerospace and transportation industries,” Mori Hosseini, Embry-Riddle’s chairman of the board of trustees said in a news release. “He recognizes that progress at Embry-Riddle equals growth for Florida aerospace and STEM-related careers, as well as a huge win for our regional economy.”

The MicaPlex is a 50,000-square-foot research center to study aerodynamics and engineering of major planes and unmanned systems. The structure, which will be completed in spring 2017, will be the first building on Embry-Riddle’s proposed 90-acre research park. The university expects the complex to be the anchor to draw in major aerospace companies to have a presence in Daytona and near the university.

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Source: Orlando Business Journal

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