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Goals & Priorities

As Jefferson hoped, the University's reach has become increasingly global. The Capital Campaign will facilitate expansion of the University and the School's ability to use the transformational power of knowledge and technology to address the needs of a global society. Heeding Mr. Jefferson's call "to follow truth wherever it may lead," the Engineering School's research efforts will continue to add to the store of human knowledge, sustaining a global economy that increasingly relies on new ideas, new processes and new technologies.

We must make strategic investments in our strengths to create science and engineering programs that stand among the best in the world and that continue to promote future discovery.

Transformation of the U.Va. School of Engineering and Applied Science by 2015 comes with a significant cost. The School's needs, estimated to be $300 million, can be divided into two parts: academic programs and capital projects.

Academic Programs: $158 million (endowment-based)
  • Department endowments: $85 million
    • Each department will be endowed to properly fund educational and student support in such areas as teaching assistants, first-year graduate students and laboratory operation and enhancement.
  • Ph.D. graduate fellowships: $25 million
    • Additional resources are required to attract the most outstanding students. The addition of 25 Ph.D. fellowships will allow the Engineering School to compete for the best and brightest candidates.
  • Instructional/research enhancement: $10 million
    • New equipment and facilities are continually needed for instructional laboratories and for enhancing research efforts.
  • Faculty recruitment and retention support: $23 million
    • Attracting the best faculty requires startup packages with significant equipment, student support and summer salaries. In addition, retaining our best faculty requires new equipment and seed funds to support new initiatives. Five new endowed professorships will help meet the School's needs in faculty support.
  • Educational program support: $15 million
    • Educational innovation to provide for curricula reform and experiential learning opportunities is costly. Programs such as the technology policy internships, the engineering business minor, and opportunities for students to study-abroad require significant funds to develop and operate. The Rodman Scholars program will be enhanced and an International Office created to help provide our students with the broad perspective needed by leaders of a global technological society.

Capital Projects: $142 million

  • Wilsdorf Hall ($10 million to completion), the School of Engineering and Applied Science's new center for nanotechnology research, nearing completion, will enable the School to become a national leader in the growing field. Home to state-of-the-art laboratories, the latest in computational facilities, conference rooms, work-study areas, faculty offices and a gathering place for student/faculty interaction — and physically connected to the chemical engineering and materials science buildings — Wilsdorf Hall will foster interdisciplinary collaborations among the School's departments and beyond.
  • The information technology engineering building ($20 million plus additional state funding of $30 million), a veritable hub of all Engineering School information-technology programs, will enable the School to accommodate growing student interest, research activities and collaborative initiatives with other schools of U.Va., with other academic institutions and with industry. Facilities such as cutting-edge multi-configurable classrooms, computer labs, an amphitheater-style classroom and a library will allow students, faculty and collaborators to tackle issues in high-performance computing, wireless communications, telemedicine and virtual reality in entirely new ways.
  • The bioengineering building ($56 million) will support additional research opportunities between engineering and medicine in such areas as sensory and neural systems, engineered biosurfaces and biomolecular engineering.
  • The advanced research and education facility ($56 million) will provide additional space for research activities in such areas as applied biomechanics, intelligent transportation systems and alternative energy systems as well as educational space for student projects, design studios and workshops.
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