Pennsylvania State University has announced a five-year, $1 million estate gift from civil engineering alumnus Andrew Kartalis ('54) and his wife, Katherine, to expand facilities in its College of Engineering.
The gift will support a major renovation of the historic Sackett Building as well as the construction and build-out of two engineering research and teaching spaces designed to foster more interactions between students of diverse majors. "The new space is going to provide numerous excellent opportunities for students from several disciplines to work together and collaborate," said Kartalis. "When students from various engineering majors work together to solve a challenge, they begin to think differently. That's invaluable."
The latest gift from the couple is in addition to a $1.5 million estate commitment they made in 2013 in support of Penn State's VETS program, which assists American military veterans who are studying engineering, and the Andrew Kartalis Hands-On Learning Laboratory at the Bernard M. Gordon Learning Factory.
"By establishing scholarships, creating the VETS program, and naming the Andrew Kartalis Hands-On Learning Laboratory in the Learning Factory, Andrew and Katherine have opened doors of opportunity for our students and provided them with powerful educational experiences that contribute to our engineering graduates being highly sought after by employers across the country," said Justin Schwartz, the Harold and Inge Marcus Dean of Engineering. "Their philanthropy represents the Penn State spirit at its finest, and we are honored that, after so many years, they continue to contribute to the university and the College of Engineering."
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