Renamed McKelvey School of Engineering will take innovation, technology and academics to new heights
From the WashU Newsroom…
Furthering its strong trajectory as a leader in research and innovation, the engineering school at Washington University in St. Louis is taking a major leap forward and reaffirming its commitment to tackling the world’s great engineering challenges with renewed vigor, an ambitious strategic vision, and a new name.
“The McKelvey name has become synonymous with innovation and entrepreneurship in the St. Louis region and well beyond,” said Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton. “There is no better way to make a statement about what our engineering school stands for than by giving it a name that represents being ahead of the curve and blazing a trail of creative problem solving through technology.The School of Engineering & Applied Science will be renamed the James McKelvey School of Engineering, in honor of trustee and distinguished alumnus Jim McKelvey Jr., who has made an unprecedented and transformative investment in the school. The renaming was announced during a Jan. 31 ceremony in Whitaker Hall Atrium.
“This is a historic milestone for the university and comes at a perfect time — when we are sharpening our efforts to advance innovation and entrepreneurship, coupling science with technology in all fields from computer science to biomedical engineering, and attacking global challenges such as energy and the environment. We are tremendously grateful to Jim for this investment, which expands the significant contributions the McKelvey family has made to this institution.”