Lawrence Whitman, dean of the Donaghey College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics at UA Little Rock, speaks at the dedication of the Riggs Cat Field Operations Lab on Nov. 30, 2023 (Photo provided by UA Little Rock)
The University of Arkansas at Little Rock on Thursday dedicated the newly renovated Riggs Cat Field Operations Lab, a space on campus for learning in field layout, jobsite management, equipment utilization, and engineering economics.
The lab is located in the Engineering and Applied Technology Sciences building. The classroom and lab renovation was completed thanks to a five-year, $50,000 donation from Caterpillar dealer Riggs Cat of Little Rock.
“We are excited to see what you do with this classroom and excited for what it will do for future students and what it does for future leaders in the construction industry,” said John Arthur Riggs, the company’s senior vice president of technology.
This gift is part of the UA Little Rock’s Centennial Campaign, a fundraising campaign to raise $250 million before the school’s 100-year anniversary.
Lawrence Whitman, dean of the Donaghey College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, said the Riggs Cat classroom is one example of innovative learning environments that the campaign will support.
“The way that we work with our industry partners sets this university, our college, and our students apart,” Whitman said.