UWindsor receives major donation for new teaching lab

The University of Windsor's Odette School of Business. (Photo by Alexandra Latremouille)

The University of Windsor fundraising campaign for a new teaching lab that the Odette School of Business just received a major contribution.

The E&G Odette Foundation and the P&L Odette Charitable Foundation is matching donations to a total of $350,000.

“As a practitioner in the field of Data Analytics, I took part in the school’s external consultation process at the beginning stages of developing this lab. I am confident that the lab will be a great opportunity for Odette students to learn and practice at the leading edge of data science,” said Lou Odette, son of Louis & Patricia Odette, and President of the P & L Odette Charitable Foundation.

The state-of-the art data analytics teaching lab will include 50 new workstations, new monitor systems, advanced teaching technologies, high-end processors and industry leading software.

“The use of a state-of-the-art computing lab is a fundamental need for our students. Data Analytics has become an important driver for all programs at the graduate and undergraduate level at The Odette School of Business. As the use and availability of data explodes, business students require the skills to analyze and understand large data sets. Our vision is to create a lab that is among the best in all Canada,” said Dr. Mitchell Fields, Dean of the Odette School of Business.

Construction of the new lab is expected to be done in the fall of 2021.

The project will cost $1.1 million to complete. The school has already contributed $370,000 to the project and is looking to raise $700,000.