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Dartmouth's new MacLean Engineering Sciences Center to be dedicated Friday

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 09/28/06 • Genevieve Haas • (603) 646-3661

Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth will formally open the doors to its new MacLean Engineering Sciences Center (ESC) on Friday, Sept. 29.

MacLean Engineering Sciences Center
MacLean Engineering Sciences Center (Photo by Douglas Fraser)

Activities will begin at 1:30 p.m. in Collis Common Ground with a keynote address by Professor of Engineering Tillman Gerngross and Krehbiel Professor for Emerging Technologies and Dean, Emeritus Charles Hutchinson. Gerngross and Hutchinson, co-founders of the biotech firm GlycoFi, Inc., will deliver their talk on "Anatomy of a Home Run: The GlycoFi Story."

A dedication ceremony will take place at MacLean ESC at 3 p.m., followed by a reception and tours of the facility.

The new addition embodies Thayer School's uniquely integrative approach to engineering education. Its open, flexible student project laboratories support team-based design work and hands-on learning. Studio classrooms and conference rooms on every floor facilitate collaboration and enhance a sense of community. Networked computing and multimedia systems throughout the building connect and expand the research and learning environment, and next-generation research laboratories extend the capabilities of faculty and students for discovery and innovation. The center is named for Barry and Mary Ann MacLean. Barry MacLean received his AB from Dartmouth in 1960 and a master's in mechanical engineering from Thayer School in 1961.

Combining aesthetic considerations with exacting functionality, MacLean ESC increases Thayer School's facilities by more than 60 percent, providing space to grow strategically while maintaining an environment that fosters collaboration, community, and close student-faculty interaction.

Dean of Thayer School Joe Helble said, "Engineering at Dartmouth unites a broad range of disciplines into a single, flexible department of engineering sciences. Students benefit from close relationships with faculty, a strong sense of community, and multiple opportunities for collaboration both across the hall and across campus. Dartmouth's Thayer School is a place where creative minds come together and find new ways to apply the art and science of engineering."

MacLean ESC is one of several major campus additions to be completed during the fall of 2006. On Sept. 19, the College dedicated two new residence clusters, the Tuck Mall Residences and the McLaughlin Cluster, which together house more than 500 students.

On Nov. 3 and 4, Dartmouth will hold dedication ceremonies for the opening of the Kemeny Hall/Haldeman Center building, located on North Main Street. Kemeny Hall will house the mathematics department and honor former president John Kemeny, who built the department into a national model, co-authored the BASIC computer language, and presided over the transition to coeducation. The Haldeman Center will house the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding, the Fannie and Alan Leslie Center for the Humanities, and the Ethics Institute, thereby enhancing opportunities among the centers for interdisciplinary initiatives. The building will also provide conference space for departments and programs throughout the College.

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