CRF paves way for Miami tech hub ambitions to eMerge Americas


From technology-driven collaborations, startups, and some of the world’s most unique research projects, Florida International University has continued to pump in talent and a skilled workforce to not only nurture, but help lead South Florida’s booming tech sector. The university will showcase its diverse lineup of forward-thinking students and faculty as well as research facilities, innovative technologies and startups at eMerge Americas 2022an international conference focused on innovative digital solutions held at the Miami Beach Convention Center on April 18-19.

“FIU’s commitment to developing local talent enables us to prepare the tech workforce of tomorrow,” said FIU Acting President Kenneth A. Jessell. “At eMerge, we have the opportunity to showcase this talent as well as some of our most promising research and collaborations that are making real differences for our community and beyond.”

On Monday, April 18, Jessell and Interim Provost, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Elizabeth Béjar will participate in two separate panels. Jessell will speak at 2:40 p.m. about technology and how it is fundamentally changing the educational landscape, and Béjar’s panel at 3:15 p.m. will focus on the Knight Foundation’s historic investment in CRF, and how CRF will invest more than $100 million in the next decade for computer science education and career placement innovations.

FIU will be a major presence at eMerge with three booths showcasing research from its labs and collaborations that are contributing to Miami’s emergence as a technology hub. Displays in the CRF exhibition space will include:

wind wall (wow): the largest and most powerful university research center of its type, the wow can simulate a category 5 hurricane with winds over 157 mph. The facility can test full-scale structures such as site-built or fabricated homes and small commercial structures.

CARTA + Miami-Dade County Partnership: Led by Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava and supported by her Technology Innovation Team, this partnership will integrate student social capital and specialized higher education programs to showcase the strengths intellectuals and creatives housed at FIU’s College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts (MAP). The partnership aims to ensure that the programs stimulate technology, innovation and the creative economy and create a pool of highly qualified graduates who occupy and create jobs.

New College of Engineering building: The FIU expands its College of Engineering and Computer Science with a $75 million, 125,000 square foot six-story building that will house creative space labs, active learning classrooms, and research labs at MMC. The building’s technology will be upgraded with private funds, including part of a $10 million gift from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Origami antennas: Work on a $10 million grant of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research to launch the Physically Reconfigurable and Deployable Multifunctional Antenna Center. FIU has developed origami antennas that can reconfigure their EM performance (e.g., multiband, wideband, directional, omnidirectional) using various 1D, 2D, and 3D morphing structures.)

The Medina Aquarius program: The only establishment of this type, Aquarius Reef Base offers maximum efficiency and access for the study and exploration of a region particularly sensitive to global environmental threats. The base offers an extensive educational outreach program to provide access to a unique marine ecosystem, share the latest scientific advances and inspire countless minds.

eMerge Americas 2022 is being held at the Miami Beach Convention Center located at 1901 Convention Center Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139. Attendees will find FIU’s main booth at space #911, Miami-Dade County and FIU CARTA Interactive at No. 412, and CRF Ferré Super Citizens stand at n°1310. A map of exhibitors and stands is available here.

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