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The Cheney Conference Room, Engineering Hall

The late Donald Cheney (BSEE ‘48) was a partner for 30 years in Finley Engineering, a leading company in communication and fiber optics. His gifts enabled the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering to renovate a large meeting room that was dedicated May 8, 1998, for student study, relaxation, graduation events, award ceremonies and other social activities. Cheney, an Eau Claire native, met Fred Finley in 1958, when the company he was working for sent him to Missouri to determine what new products were needed in the construction of buried cable products. Finley hired him to open a new office and Cheney was critical to the company’s growth.


Tong Auditorium, Engineering Centers Building

Entrepreneur Peter Tong (MSEE ‘65) owned a series of small companies that were successfully merged into larger firms. In 1972, he was named Wisconsin’s Small Businessman of the Year. In 1996, Tong made a significant gift to construct the Student Leadership Auditorium in the Engineering Centers Building. Tong funds the Tong Prototype Awards for Innovation Days and established the Tong Biomedical Engineering Design Awards to encourage biomedical engineering students to design and build prototypes of their ideas with the potential for pursuing new biomedical business ventures. The Tong Biomedical Engineering Distinguished Lecturer Series brings successful biomedical entrepreneurs and innovators to campus to speak to BME students.