For the first time in more than three decades, we have a completely new building on the engineering campus. The Engineering Centers Building represents years of planning and more than two years of actual construction. It houses cutting-edge laboratories for some of the college's top researchers, student services offices, and space for student projects and organizations.
While the state of Wisconsin contributed a significant portion of the building's cost, the Engineering Centers Building could not have been completed without the help and generosity of the college's alumni and friends. This building is another example of how public-private partnerships enable the College of Engineering to achieve excellence in academics, research and outreach.
In the Engineering Centers Building, generous donations have helped finance the Tong Student Leadership Auditorium, the Yu Innovation Lab, the Myers Student Automotive Center, the Phillips Plastics Discovery Center, the Oscar F. Gusloff NanoMaterials Laboratory, and the Edwin E. Bryant NanoFabrication Laboratory.
While we celebrate the opening of the Engineering Centers Building, we still have many challenges ahead. The new building's next-door neighbor, the Mechanical Engineering Building, is slated to receive a much-needed renovation and four-story addition. The building currently houses two of the college's largest academic departments mechanical engineering and industrial engineering. We are on our way to meeting our fund-raising goal of $10 million for the building.
The college will increasingly need to rely on private support. Philanthropic gifts help the college recruit top students by providing undergraduate student scholarships and graduate student fellowships. They help the college attract and retain top researchers and teachers through the creation of endowed professorships. They help equip our college laboratories and classrooms with state-of-the-art tools needed to tackle the latest engineering and scientific challenges.
Finally, a word about stewardship. Making a charitable gift is not simply an act of responding to a need. It's a demonstration of trust by the thousands of alumni and friends who generously make commitments to the college's future. We can only earn this trust by being good stewards of your gifts. We take this responsibility seriously.
These are exciting times for our faculty and students. Thank you for helping to ensure a bright future for the UW-Madison College of Engineering.
2001 Designated Uses of Gifts
2001 Sources of Gifts
College of Engineering Contributions 1996-2001