Stanford University has announced gifts totaling $61 million from trustee Kavitark "Ram" Shriram and his wife, Vidjealatchoumy "Vijay" Shriram, in support of bioengineering and chemical engineering initiatives at the school.
The gifts include $57 million in support of the new Shriram Center for Bioengineering & Chemical Engineering, the fourth and final building on the university’s Science and Engineering Quad. In addition, the couple will provide $4 million to endow the chair in the Department of Bioengineering.
At more than 208,000 square feet, the Shriram Center is the largest of the four new facilities on the quad and will house both the bioengineering and chemical engineering departments. It is expected that engineering and bioengineering students, faculty, and researchers will benefit from the building’s proximity to the School of Medicine and Stanford hospitals, as well as other engineering departments located on the quadrangle.
Ram Shriram is the founder and managing partner of Sherpalo Ventures LLC, a Menlo Park angel capital fund. He has been a member of Stanford's board of trustees since 2009 and currently serves as chair of its committee on online education. Vijay Shriram is a member of the advisory council at the Stanford Graduate School of Education, serves on the board of directors of Stanford's public charter school, East Palo Alto Academy, and is a collaborator on many Stanford projects in the field of early childhood education.
"Just as advances in information technology and communications have transformed lives, bioengineering and chemical engineering are now poised to bring about great change," said Ram Shriram. "By forging ties among vital disciplines, the university is positioning engineers and biomedical scientists to make world-changing breakthroughs."