Posted: Jul 2, 2014 11:49 AM by Tyler Waggenspack
Updated: Jul 2, 2014 11:49 AM
BATON ROUGE - The LSU College of Engineering received a combined $2 million donation from the Dow Chemical Company in efforts to expand facilities and support student research.
The $2 million gift is designed to help create a student leadership center in Patrick F. Taylor Hall which houses the engineering college. The contribution stems from an original $1 million that Dow gave earlier to establish new operations laboratories in the chemical engineering addition in the building.
"As a top employer of our graduates, Dow and LSU's College of Engineering have enjoyed a long, mutually beneficial relationship," said Rich Koubek, dean of LSU's College of Engineering. "Early on Dow supported the college with the first $1 million corporate gift to the chemical engineering addition. Today, we are excited that Dow has enhanced their support with another gift to support our students through this collaborative leadership space."
The student leadership center will house 15 campus organizations allowing LSU engineering students to create leadership skills, conduct teamwork and do volunteer service work. The organizations combine efforts to support the community that promote Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics education or STEM.
The laboratories help students study data used to solve challenges in the design of chemical engineering equipment. It's designed to give students experience for handling laboratory exercises, hazardous material, chemical safety, and management.
LSU's College of Engineering offers 11 undergraduate degrees and gives nearly 650 bachelor's degrees every year. The program is the fifth-fastest growing in the country and ranks among the top 10 percentile for graduates.