California State University, Los Angeles has announced a five-year, $1.25 million gift from the Sikand Foundation in support of a sustainability center in the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology.
The Sikand Center for Sustainable and Intelligent Infrastructure will work to extend the university's research in urban sustainability and advance its leadership in the field. Conceived as an incubator for sustainable solutions to a range of urban challenges, the center will support both faculty and students in promoting, advancing, and implementing multidisciplinary research, education, and professional development related to the urban environment.
Named in memory of Gunjit Sikand, an entrepreneur and professor who taught in Cal State LA's Department of Civil Engineering for more than two decades before his death in 2014, the center also will be responsible for administering a faculty endowment in support of advanced technical research and educating the next generation of sustainability leaders.
"Our vision...is to create a center that provides opportunities for greater numbers of faculty and students to engage in urban sustainability research," said Mark Sikand, son of Gunjit Sikand and president of Sikand Engineering Associates. "This research will spark innovation that enables us to live, work, and play in more sustainable ways."