Rowan dedicates South Jersey Technology ParkOctober 30, 2008
The word of the day on October 27 was "possibilities."
That was when Rowan University hosted the dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Samuel H. Jones Innovation Center, the first building at the South Jersey Technology Park.
And that was what speaker after speaker, visitor after visitor, and professor after professor talked about, focused on and reveled in throughout several hours of tours, speeches and socializing.
"The opportunity for this Tech Center to grow and grow and grow is considerable," said Dr. Donald Farish, Rowan's president, in kicking off the formal part of the event before a crowd of more than 300.
Farish was joined in speaking by Mel Baiada, chair of the board of directors of the South Jersey Technology Park; Tom Morgan, chair of the Rowan Board of Trustees; Rep. Frank LoBiondo; Rep. Rob Andrews; State Sen. Steven Sweeney; State Sen. Fred Madden; Peter Reczek, executive director of the New Jersey Commission on Science & Technology; and Tech Park CEO Thomas Drury. South Jersey businessman and philanthropist Samuel Jones, who donated $1 million to the project and is a member of the South Jersey Technology Park Board, also spoke and joined Farish in unveiling a dedication plaque that honors Jones.
But official speeches were just one part of the day. Visitors had an opportunity to tour the 45,000-square-foot, two-story building located off Rt. 322 at Rt. 55, in Mantua Township. And when they did, they got a taste of what the future holds for Rowan University's students and professors, start-up and established businesses, and the region.
College of Engineering professors and students introduced guests to their sponsored research and clinic work on topics such as energy sources, virtual reality, medical devices, pavements, nanotechnology and bridges.
Tenants in the Rohrer College of Business had a chance to tell people about their firms, including Provonix; FocalCool, L.L.C.; French & Parrello; and Strategic Billing Enterprise.
The day was the culmination of what Drury called an "audacious vision ... a world-class technology park."
For more information on the Tech Park, visit: http://www.sjtechpark.org
To view a video of the dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony, go to http://www.rowan.edu/open/video/techpark.html.