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A beam-raising ceremony was held March 30 at the site of the Thayer School of Engineering's newest addition, the MacLean Engineering Sciences Center. Named for Barry MacLean, Dartmouth Class of 1960 and Thayer School of Engineering Class of 1961, and his wife, Mary Ann, who committed $15 million towards the project, the Center will provide new space to accommodate Thayer School's project-centered approach to engineering education. The centerpiece will be the innovative Thayer School Unified Project Laboratory, a comprehensive student design and fabrication facility. It will house on one level all engineering-project design, fabrication, and instructional laboratory facilities, including a state-of-the-art machine shop, computer-aided design stations, rapid prototyping and reverse engineering facilities, digital and analog electronics labs, materials and mechanical testing labs, and spaces for technical staff who support student use of these facilities.
"It brings me satisfaction to see the College prosper as one of the nation's select institutions. To sustain that, you need to reinvest," MacLean said at the groundbreaking ceremonies last May. "Thayer School produces leaders. The curriculum is really about the discipline of solving problems - in this case engineering problems - but the method works anywhere and is an important foundation for conducting one's life." MacLean is president and chief executive officer of MacLean-Fogg Company, a diversified company specializing in high-performance fastener and component manufacturing.
In announcing the gift, Dartmouth President James Wright said, "Demand for scientific and technical leadership in our society is at an all-time high. MacLean Engineering Sciences Center will allow Thayer School to grow strategically to help meet this need, yet still maintain a size and scale that foster collaboration, community, and close student-faculty interaction, hallmarks of the Dartmouth learning environment."
Designed by Koetter/Kim and Associates of Boston, the four-level, 64,300-square-foot building will address the needs of three groups in particular: undergraduates, faculty, and Master of Engineering Management candidates. The number of undergraduates has grown steadily in the last ten years; the number of MEM candidates is expected to double in the next ten. Thayer School anticipates a 30-percent growth in new faculty over the next decade, mostly in the fields of biotechnology, biomedicine, computer and computational engineering, and engineering management.
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