Interdisciplinary and experientialSTEAM Institute

What is STEAM?

The STEAM Institute is one of the first of its kind in the nation. Human-centered and project-based, STEAM is an interdisciplinary approach to education, applying various disciplines to examine a theme, question, or world issue. The skills acquired through combining technology, arts, and sciences with business and health studies empower our generation of learners—leaders—in their mission to engineer an improved tomorrow.

A spirit of critical thought, curiosity, and boldness unites the work of the STEAM faculty and students, whether they are probing fundamental questions in their specific disciplines or applying new knowledge to solve the most complex issues of our time.

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Facilities and Lab Spaces:

  • Animation Studio
  • Cyber Forensics Lab
  • Cyber Range
  • Design Thinking Studio
  • Engineering Design Lab
  • Engineering Design Competition Suite
  • Film Studio
  • Film Editing Suite and Equipment Cage
  • FinTech Lab
  • GIS Lab
  • Graphics & Illustration Labs
  • Immersive Learning Studio
  • Robotics, Drone, and Animatronics Lab
  • Student Professional Societies & Industry Partners Collaboration Suite

What we're curious aboutEnhancing Business Decisions using AI

Artificial intelligence is used to manage risks and improve decision-making in business by leveraging advanced algorithms to analyze large data sets and identify patterns, trends, and potential risks. Business and finance students use AI to improve their overall performance by automating complex tasks and predicting changes in the market.

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What we're curious aboutPromoting Climate Action through Technology and Art

Our artists, engineers, and scientists encourage a richer and more complex conversation about climate change through the cumulative impact of their art and visual messaging. Students illustrate the impacts humans have on animals and their habitats in books and magazines; photography students capture melting ice caps, floods, or wildfires; map-makers use GIS and Adobe to accurately and aesthetically depict what is in our oceans and how they’re evolving; sculptors design with recycled materials.

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What we're curious aboutHealing with Technology

In the field of healthcare, proficiency in emerging technologies is in demand. Thus, STEAM students receive the necessary education to be qualified nurses and train using simulation, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, 3D anatomy tables, and cyber security in preparation for a new wave of expert health systems.

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Keason Drawdy speaks with cybersecurity students

“There’s no such thing as resting on your laurels in cybersecurity. Something I could deploy yesterday could already be compromised by the following day. You have to make sure your systems maintain their integrity.”

Keason DrawdySenior Cyber Security Solutions Consultant with Emtec

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Connecting physical and virtual worlds Advanced Technologies

The STEAM Institute houses technologies to engage the mind, ignite the imagination, and inspire the future of our students. STEAM focuses on connecting the physical and virtual worlds through engaged learning spaces that leverage advanced technologies.

The first floor of STEAM focuses on two-dimensional investigations of these transitory worlds, highlighted by a real-time Cyber Security Simulation Range, a Financial Technologies Laboratory that leverages Data Science, Geographical Informational Systems, and a U/X Design Studio. The second floor expands into three-dimensional research, highlighted by a high-tech immersive learning studio, a robotics makerspace, a virtual creative content studio, and a compressive 3D printing facility. 


30,000-square-feet of high-touch technology

News from the STEAM Institute

Contact usThe STEAM Team

  • Bill Hill, Executive Director
  • Dr. Bob Boylan, Department Chair, Accounting, Finance & Economics
  • Dr. Daniel Franz, Department Chair, Mathematics
  • Dr. Ashley Johnson, Department Chair, Geography
  • Eric Kunzendorf, Department Chair, Media Arts
  • Tiffany Leach, Department Chair, Visual Arts
  • Dr. Amber Santos, Assistant Professor of Nursing; Director of Innovation and Quality
  • Dr. Emre Selvi, Director, School of Engineering & Technology
  • Dr. Mini Zeng, Department Chair, Computing Science

Contact Information

Jacksonville University
2800 University Blvd N
Jacksonville, FL 32211

Phone: (904) 256-7337