Major gifts to BU from BAE Systems, IBM and Kodak support underrepresented minorities, faculty development, laboratories
BAE Systems Platform Solutions, IBM Corp. and the Eastman Kodak Company are helping to mark the 20th anniversary of Binghamton University’s Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science with gifts that encourage more underrepresented minorities to enter careers in high technology, maintain laboratories as state-of-the-art teaching facilities, and recruit and retain an excellent faculty.
“Committed industry partners helped found the Watson School and it has continued to receive their generous support throughout 20 years of growth and innovation,” said University President Lois B. DeFleur.
Half of BAE Systems’ gift of $100,000, along with Kodak’s gift of $10,000 will support greater diversity among students of engineering and computer science by providing resources for the Binghamton Success Program, as well as peer mentoring and exchange experiences for underrepresented minority students. The remainder of BAE Systems’ gift will be used for instructional laboratory enhancements, and a $25,000 gift from IBM will assist the Watson School in faculty recruitment and development.
“Technology has emerged as the driver of the world's economy, and the Watson School will play an important role in preparing future generations to succeed in that environment. In that light, we consider this grant to be an extremely sound investment," said William Berical, vice president of engineering at BAE Systems Platform Solutions and chair of the Watson School Advisory Committee.
“These gifts recognize the advancement of the Watson School over our 20-year history to a leading engineering institution serving a critical role in economic development in New York State and beyond,” said Charles R. Westgate, dean of the Watson School.