School of Computing granted $50,000 for new lab

Samantha Chaney

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The School of Computing opened a new computer lab on Aug. 30. Photo by Lili Weinstein

A newly built computer lab opened on Wednesday, Aug. 30 in the School of Computing thanks to a generous donation by local company RF-SMART.

A total of $50,000 was granted to the School of Computing. Jorge Morales, the chairman and former CEO of the management software company responsible for the donation, was the driving force behind the lab. Morales has supported the college by sponsoring several past projects.

“We would not be able to offer the high-quality education in computing that we do without the generous support of Mr. Morales and his companies,” Mark Tumeo, the Dean of the School of Computing, Engineering and Construction said.

Without the RF-SMART Computer Lab, The Computer Networks and Distributed Processing class, as well as the Introduction to Systems Software courses would have been cancelled because there was not enough space.

“This lab is a model for University-Industry collaboration, where RF-SMART’s donation was matched by University funds to complete an important project,” said Sherif Elfayoumy, the Director of the School of Computing.

Founded by ICS Inc., RF-SMART is a leading software company that works with various lines of enterprise resource planning (ERPs), such as Microsoft Dynamic or NetSuite. The ICS Inc. and RF-SMART corporate headquarters is located here in Jacksonville.

RF-SMART gave money to help build a new computer lab.Photo by Lili Weinstein

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