Northern Kentucky University is receiving some $2.6 million in federal funds that will support two of the university’s hi-tech projects.
Sen. Mitch McConnell secured $2.4 million in the 2010 Consolidated Appropriations Act for state-of-the- art technology for the university’s College of Informatics. Combined with the $1.9 million last year, the senator has secured a total of $4.3 million in federal funds for the College of Informatics’ Digitorium, a facility that has been specially designed to accommodate a broad range of activities important to tech-based businesses, such as virtualized performances, “war room” simulation, cybersecurity development and testing, collaborative gaming, work-flow modeling, business process analysis, 3-D visualization, digital film festivals and click-and-brick conferencing. The facility is expected to cost about $5 million.
In addition, the university will receive $200,000 to help support its Immersive Technology Sky Dome project, part of a regional effort to build on the number of technology-based, knowledge economy jobs by providing unique instruction in astronomy and space science. The goal of the Sky Dome project is to increase the number of students pursuing college degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.