The University of Pennsylvania has announced a $25 million gift from alumnus Harlan M. Stone toward construction of a new facility in its School of Engineering and Applied Science.
To be known as the Data Science Building, the facility will serve as a hub for cross-disciplinary collaborations across Penn's twelve schools and many academic centers and will help centralize resources that can advance the work of scholars across a variety of fields while making the tools and concepts of data analysis more accessible to the entire Penn community. Planned features for the facility include active learning classrooms, collaborative spaces for student projects, a data science hub, research centers for new data science methodologies and bio-inspired computing paradigms, and laboratories dedicated to data-driven, evidence-based solutions for safer, more cost-effective health care.
"I feel very strongly that rigorous application of engineering principles can benefit humanity, especially data science," said Stone, the CEO of HTMX Industries, a global flooring manufacturer. "The possibilities for utilizing data to improve lives around the world are virtually endless and exciting to think about. There is no better place than Penn Engineering for this to be accomplished, and I am humbled to help make this a reality."
"Data-driven approaches and methodology are being used to drive decision-making and propel innovation in virtually every academic discipline and business," said Penn Engineering Nemirovsky Family Dean Vijay Kumar. "Harlan Stone's vision and generosity in supporting this new educational and research facility will elevate data science to greater prominence on our campus, fueling Penn Engineering to the forefront of a field that is central to the future of humanity."
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