The amount includes lead gifts totaling $35 million from Theresia Gouw ('90), a venture capitalist and fellow of the Corporation of Brown University, and Charles H. Giancarlo ('79), managing director of Silver Lake Partners, and his wife, Dianne. An additional $9 million was given by donors who wish to remain anonymous. The gifts will enable planning to begin on a project to expand and enhance the School of Engineering, including the construction of new teaching and research facilities adjacent to existing buildings, the creation of a Center for Entrepreneurship, the renovation of classroom and laboratory space, the development of innovative undergraduate and graduate educational programs, and the addition of fifteen new faculty positions.
"I am delighted to join with others to support the school's growth and continued commitment to cultivating creative thinkers and leaders," said Gouw, who made her gift in honor of professor emeritus of engineering Barrett Hazeltine. "I am particularly pleased to honor Barrett Hazeltine, who has made an enduring difference in the lives of so many students he has taught, mentored, and inspired over the course of his career."
"Brown's approach to engineering prepares innovative, broadly educated leaders who are equipped to address global challenges in areas ranging from energy and the environment to economic development and health care," said Charles Giancarlo. "Dianne and I are so pleased to be able to support the continued development of Brown's School of Engineering and the education of future inspired engineers and entrepreneurs."