USU College of Engineering Partners with The Leonardo in Salt Lake City
SALT LAKE CITY (Aug. 30, 2023) — The Leonardo and Utah State University’s College of Engineering announced this week a three-year partnership designed to inspire a new generation of engineers and creative problem solvers.
FLIGHT: The Next Leg is The Leonardo’s flagship exhibit. It opened in 2016 and has been seen by more than 500,000 people.
The College of Engineering is now the title sponsor and official education partner for FLIGHT: The Next Leg, a signature aerospace exhibit at the downtown STEM and creativity museum. FLIGHT features full-size aircraft, flight simulators and a variety of interactive exhibits.
“Utah State University is a leader in aerospace engineering,” said Alexandra Hesse, Executive Director of The Leonardo. “We are honored to join them as active partners in furthering the educational goals of both organizations. Through this partnership we will engage with the public and inspire young people to pursue education and career pathways that support Utah’s growing aviation and aerospace industries.”
The College of Engineering at Utah State University is the new title sponsor and official education partner for FLIGHT at The Leonardo. The new partnership will enable new collaborations and opportunities for community engagement.
The partnership enables several unique opportunities for USU. The College of Engineering will highlight exciting engineering research through hands-on exhibits. In addition, a new Engineer in Residence program will place USU engineering faculty experts and ambassadors at the museum for K-12 educational programming, special events, lectures and workshops.
“We are thrilled to be launching this partnership,” said Jagath Kaluarachchi, dean of USU’s College of Engineering. “The Leonardo is a beautiful facility that brings communities together. Having a dedicated space in Salt Lake City where we can communicate engineering research and our vision for a brighter future represents an exciting opportunity for USU Engineering.”
To celebrate the new partnership, the museum will host a kickoff event Saturday, Nov. 4 at The Leonardo, located at 209 East 500 South in Salt Lake City. The event runs from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm and is free to all USU alumni and their families.
About The Leonardo
Located in the heart of Salt Lake City, The Leonardo is a modern museum that challenges visitors to think like the great artist and engineer, Leonardo Da Vinci. By blending exhibits, programs and experiences that highlight the connections between art, science and technology, The Leonardo encourages visitors to see the world from an entirely new perspective and to connect with what matters most. For more information, visit www.theleonardo.org.
About the College of Engineering
The College of Engineering at Utah State University is a leader in engineering education and research. We are home to the Utah Water Research Laboratory and the National Science Foundation-funded ASPIRE Engineering Research Center for sustainable electrified transportation. Each year, the college enrolls approximately 2,000 undergraduates and 300 graduate students from across Utah and around the globe. The college offers six ABET-accredited undergraduate degree programs and 15 graduate degree programs. For more, visit www.engineering.usu.edu.