A&M student group donates $1 million to new engineering complex

Texas A&M
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - 5:03pm

It's by far the biggest student group donation in A&M history and probably one of the largest of its kind in the nation -- we're talking one million dollars.

"Well, incredible is the right word," said the Dwight Look College of Engineering dean, Dr. Katherine Banks. "I mean again, it's never happened before."

The Texas A&M Student Engineers' Council has pledged to give the Dwight Look College of Engineering $1 million to help pay for a new cutting-edge undergraduate engineering education complex.

"For us to step up and say we're going to donate $1 million and we really want to be involved in this initiative is a good way to show student support and to make an impact, an immediate impact," said Alex Herring, vice president of development for the Student Engineers' Council.

A donation that will not only benefit Aggie engineers for generations to come but also enhance the college's "25-by-25" initiative; increase enrollment from 11,000 to 25,000 by the year 20-25 to meet the growing demands of the workforce.

Dean Dr. Banks says it's critical, "It is time for the university to step up and contribute to the overall economic health of the country in this way."

And the SEC will do just that by providing a new complex that's setting the tone across the nation in undergraduate engineering education.

"With this building and the vision for what this building is going to be, we are going to revolutionize the undergraduate education experience," said SEC president, Ryan Haughey.

The school hopes to have the new infrastructure completed by 2016.


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