Engineering School Expects New Building
To Foster Collaborative, Nanotechnology Research
September 18, 2003 --
University of Virginia’s School of Engineering and Applied
Science will break ground on Thursday, Sept. 25, for Wilsdorf Hall,
a building that will bring researchers in materials science, chemical
engineering and nanotechnology under one roof.
building — a
$38.9 million, 99,000 gross-square-foot, five-story structure that
will link the University’s materials science and chemical
buildings — will contain research laboratories, faculty offices, conference
rooms, computational facilities and work-study areas.
bringing together researchers from different disciplines, this
building should encourage interdisciplinary research, especially
in the field of nanotechnology,
one of the thrust areas outlined in the University’s Virginia 2020
planning initiatives,” said Richard Miksad, dean of the School of Engineering
and Applied Science. “We expect these state-of-the-art facilities to
encourage new research initiatives that have been limited in the past by
of laboratory space.”
building will be named in honor of the late Heinz Wilsdorf, first
chair of the Department of Materials Science, and his
wife, Doris Kuhlmann-Wilsdorf,
professor of applied science.
drive to build Wilsdorf Hall gained momentum with a lead gift
from alumnus Gregory H. Olsen, who received
his doctorate from U.Va.’s Department of
Science. Olsen is president and chief executive officer of Sensors Unlimited
Inc., a manufacturer of remote-sensing equipment based in Princeton,
Olsen’s $15 million gift is the largest ever received by U.Va.’s
vision and generosity will allow U.Va. to move forward in these
exciting and path-breaking fields of research,” said William
A. Jesser, professor of materials science.
first Ph.D. candidate, and his 1970 dissertation on thin films
of iron still sits on a shelf in Jesser’s office. Olsen
worked with RCA in Princeton before founding his own companies,
Epitaxx in 1984 and
Sensors Unlimited in 1991.
family of singer Dave Matthews has contributed funds in honor
of the late John Matthews, Dave
Matthews’ father, who pursued post-doctoral research
here with Kuhlmann-Wilsdorf.
funding was provided by the state bond issue, the Engineering
School and University.
A National Science Foundation
support for the
Center for Nanoscopic Materials Design to be housed in the
workers are currently moving underground utilities lines and
plan to begin building in February 2004.
finished in late fall 2005, with occupancy beginning in 2006.
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