Bechtel gift supports E-Knowledge Commons project
Bechtel, one of the world’s most respected global engineering, construction, and project management firms, has donated $25,000 toward development of the E-Knowledge Commons project in Penn State’s College of Engineering.
The E-Knowledge Commons project will provide a student-centered space designed for peer-to-peer learning in Reber Building. The space will give mechanical and nuclear engineering students a place to work in teams across a variety of study spaces, while having easy access to technology and other resources.
“Bechtel is committed to helping the next generation of engineers,” said James Ivany, Chief Innovation Officer at Bechtel. “We are proud to partner with Penn State to offer engineering students a place where they explore innovations that will improve design efficiency and sustainability and drive the industry forward.”
The E-Knowledge Commons will be equipped with individual and group study areas to foster collaboration as well as private meeting rooms outfitted with state-of-the-art computer and video conferencing systems to enhance global interactions and learning. The space will also have two computer labs, laptop plug-in stations and modular furniture that can be moved to create an open space for lectures and other events.
The estimated cost of the project is $1.5 million. If you are interested in supporting the E-Knowledge Commons, visit the project’s website for more information and naming opportunities. Your support will help to give students easy access to cutting-edge technology as well as an inspiring space to meet, study and learn.
This generous gift towards the E-Knowledge Commons represents Bechtel Corporation’s continued support of Penn State and the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering. Bechtel also sponsors the Women in Engineering Program, the Multicultural Engineering Program, the Learning Factory capstone design projects, the Engineering Leadership Development Program, and Bridges to Prosperity. In addition, the company offers numerous scholarships for Penn State students in engineering, information security, and supply chain management. In 2015, the company extended employment offers to 16 Penn State grads.
Penn State’s alumni and friends are invaluable partners in fulfilling the University’s land-grant mission of education, research and service. Private gifts from alumni and friends enrich the experiences of students both in and out of the classroom; expand the research and teaching capacity of our faculty; enhance the University’s ability to recruit and retain top students and faculty; and help to ensure that students from every economic background have access to a Penn State education. The University’s colleges and campuses are now enlisting the support of alumni and friends to advance a range of unit-specific initiatives.