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Villanova University College of Engineering Announces New Center of Learning at Philadelphia Navy Yard

VILLANOVA, Pa.—Villanova University’s College of Engineering has announced the opening of a new high-tech facility in Philadelphia Technology Park at the Philadelphia Navy Yard that will offer graduate programs, distance-learning courses, executive and professional engineering training programs, and space for corporate training with remote capabilities. The new facility, which opens in August, will provide students with the opportunity to learn in a new world-class research, development and industrial setting.

The 1,400-square-foot facility will house a 40-seat classroom and 10-seat collaboration area—both of which employ the latest in web broadcasting and video teleconferencing capabilities. Evening graduate engineering courses at the Navy Yard will begin Aug. 24. Classroom space also will be leasable to area corporations for in-house training. The state-of-the-art classroom space provides an option to companies with a national workforce looking to provide training and information in a more cost-effective, streamlined manner.

"We are thrilled to bring our leading engineering education graduate program to Philadelphia Technology Park at the Navy Yard, the premier technology and engineering hub for our region," said Dr. Gary Gabriele, Drosdick Endowed Dean of Engineering at Villanova. "This partnership allows us to offer our students the opportunity to learn in a new world-class research, development and industrial setting. It also allows our faculty to develop new research relationships, and strengthen existing ones, which will yield new challenges in the classroom and new opportunities for student research.

“Everyone here at the Philadelphia Technology Park is extremely pleased to partner with one of the premier universities in the region on this innovative engineering graduate program,” said Corey Blanton, President of the Philadelphia Technology Park. “This collaboration with Villanova University will give the next generation of technology and engineering leaders real-world experience in the industry. At the Philadelphia Technology Park, we are committed to not only providing customers with a world-class data center, but also advancing the field and growing the technology sector in Philadelphia.”

Additionally, the College of Engineering’s Navy Yard facility will be used to provide Villanova continuing studies courses and will accommodate other University strategic goals including graduate recruitment events and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education outreach programs for the region’s K-12 students and educators.

A leader in distance learning and graduate education, Villanova’s College of Engineering has also been ranked in the Top 10 for “Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs” by U.S.News & World Report for five consecutive years. Click here for more information on Villanova University’s College of Engineering.

The Philadelphia Technology Park opened in the Philadelphia Navy Yard in September 2010 and has quickly become one of the Mid-Atlantic’s premier carrier-neutral data centers. It is a state-of-the-art, $25 million, 25,700 square foot single-use, fully redundant enterprise data center. Philadelphia Technology Park’s capabilities allow companies to bring in their own IT equipment; run it in a raised floor, temperature-controlled, highly-secured environment, on a carrier-neutral fiber network; and still have their own IT professionals service the equipment if desired. The center was designed to meet the most stringent power, cooling and bandwidth requirements.

Villanova University, a co-educational Roman Catholic institution, was founded by the Order of Saint Augustine in 1842. A premier institution of higher education, Villanova provides a comprehensive education rooted in the liberal arts; a shared commitment to the Augustinian ideals of truth, unity and love; and a community dedicated to service to others. A wide variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs are offered through the University’s four colleges: the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering and the College of Nursing, as well as the Villanova School of Law. With a total enrollment that surpasses 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students, Villanova is the oldest and largest Catholic university in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

About Philadelphia Technology Park
Philadelphia Technology Park is a state-of-the-art, 25,700 square colocation feet data center that serves to house mission critical data for its customers. The center was designed to meet the high density power, cooling and bandwidth requirements of the Uptime Institute. Located within the Philadelphia Navy Yard, it is the only purpose-built, single-use data center infrastructure facility of its kind in the Southeastern Pennsylvania, South Jersey and Wilmington market. Over $25 million have been invested into Philadelphia Technology Park. Philadelphia Technology Park press inquiries can be directed to Holly Mantle at or 215-825-9633.