Villanova Receives Hefty Donation from Multibillion-Dollar Tech, Defense Firm

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Villanova University

The Harris Corporation, a multibillion-dollar tech and defense contracting firm based in Florida, has donated $1.25 million to Villanova University’s College of Engineering summer innovation incubator, writes Michelle Caffrey for the Philadelphia Business Journal.

The majority of the donation will endow the entire innovation program, with $250,000 of the funds going toward programmatic support.

The summer program, now named the Harris Summer Innovation Program, immerses students in real-life engineering problems. It then encourages them to look at the solution with an entrepreneurial mindset as they try to overcome different challenges.

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“Harris and Villanova share a common belief in the power of project-based engineering learning,” said William M. Brown, Harris’s chairman, president, and CEO. “We are one of the top-hiring companies for graduates of Villanova engineering programs, and are proud to be associated with the university and this innovative program.”

At the end of the program, students will present their work at Harris’s headquarters in Melbourne, Fla.

“We are honored to receive this generous gift, and look forward to creating an even more distinctive experience through the Harris Summer Innovation Program,” said Gary A. Gabriele, Villanova’s Dean of Engineering.

Read more about the generous donation in the Philadelphia Business Journal by clicking here.

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