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September 30, 2015

U. of Florida Gets $50 Million to Expand Engineering School

The University of Florida's College of Engineering has received a $50-million pledge from Herbert Wertheim, a Miami optometrist and philanthropist who invented the eyeglass tints that block UV rays, the Miami Herald reports. The college will be renamed for Dr. Wertheim, a university alumnus whose family has now donated more than $100 million to Florida's public institutions of higher education.

The gift, made through the Dr. Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Family Foundation, will help finance an expansion of the engineering school, including a new 80,000-square-foot building that will also be named for the donor. The money will also be used to boost engineering enrollment and facilitate collaboration between the engineering school and Florida International University's Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, which was launched in 2009 with a $20-million gift from Dr. Wertheim.