The has announced a $12 million gift from alumnus Sidney Lu to build a new innovation center within its.
The gift will support construction of the Sidney Lu Center for Learning and Innovation in conjunction with the renovation of the Mechanical Engineering Building. The five-story, 36,000-square-foot center will feature an open-architecture common area, active-learning classrooms, and areas for student collaboration, study groups, and project team work. With more than fifty full-time faculty members, the department is consistently ranked among top undergraduate and graduate mechanical engineering programs in the United States and offers hands-on activities, learning-by-doing projects, and team-based problem-solving.
Lu, who graduated from UI in 1981 with degrees in mechanical engineering and mathematics, serves as chair and CEO of Taiwan-based , which provides joint design, joint development, manufacturing, assembly, and after-sales services to computer, communication, and consumer electronics leaders around the globe.
"Sidney Lu is a self-made success story. His accomplishments are an inspiration to our current students, and his generosity will have a profound and lasting impact on our future students," said university chancellor Phyllis Wise. "Major gifts of this type drive critical improvements on our campus that will better prepare the next generation of leaders."