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Friday, December 23, 2011

Alumnus Commits $25 Million For Engineering Technology Program

Today@Sam reports that the university has received a $25 million pledge from the founder of Pennsylvania-based Therm-Omega-Tech, Inc. – alumnus Frederick Pirkle (’70 BS, ’74 MA) – to support the university’s engineering technology components within the current industrial technology program and to establish a new engineering technology program.

The gift will provide funding for three areas. A portion will be applied toward the construction of a state-of-the-art academic facility and associated laboratories, including advanced equipment and technology, to house engineering technology and related academic programs. The building will be named The Fred Pirkle Technology Center.