Dartmouth College has announced a $10 million gift from alumnus Scott Stuart ('81) and his wife, Lisa, in support of its efforts to strengthen design capabilities at the intersection of engineering and computer science.
The gift will help fund construction of a 160,000-square-foot engineering-computer science building that will reshape how the school delivers technology education by clustering engineering and computer science into thematic "neighborhoods" focused on areas such as biotechnology, advanced materials, machine learning, security and privacy, robotics, and design. When completed, the facility also will house the Magnuson Family Center for Entrepreneurship and Dartmouth's electron microscope center.
With the Stuarts' gift, Dartmouth has raised a total of $136 million for the $200 million building and is working to secure an additional $24 million in gifts or pledges by the end of October, with hopes of breaking ground in early 2019, the college's two hundred and fiftieth anniversary year.
"Our design-centric approach to technology is a major factor in our achieving gender parity in engineering, and in allowing extraordinary numbers of liberal arts students to incorporate engineering design into their Dartmouth education, regardless of major," said Dartmouth president Philip J. Hanlon. "Having a facility that allows for — and encourages — students to discuss, sketch, design, and fabricate, all in one location, will be a game-changer."
"The plan for Dartmouth, and specifically for the West End, that Phil and the board of trustees have developed is visionary," said Scott Stuart. "Due to its size and intimate setting, Dartmouth encourages more collaboration across departments and schools than is possible at most universities. This new building is going to fuel even more interdisciplinary research and classroom learning experiences."