September 28, 2018- Sargent & Lundy’s executives gave a $500,000 gift toward the campaign to transform University of Illinois’ (UofI) Mechanical Engineering Building (MEB) into a 21st-century facility that will empower Mechanical Science and Engineering (MechSE) students to be the best in the world. As a Chicago-based company, the firm has employed many UofI MechSE graduates in its long history.
“The incidence of leadership coming from our Illinois grads at Sargent & Lundy is significant,” said Mark Santschi, Senior Vice President, Director of Engineering at Sargent & Lundy. “There’s a sense that we need to give back to the educational infrastructure of our country, and there is none greater than the University of Illinois in terms of the relationship between us.”
This historic project includes a four-story, 25,000 sq. ft. addition to the east of MEB, a 3,000 sq. ft. space increase on the north end, and more than 60,000 sq. ft. of existing space reimagined, reengineered, and optimized for education, innovation, and community. More than ever before, MEB will be the place where successful careers are launched and the seeds of innovation are sown.
“The university has the best students, and it’s the best engineering school in the country, why not have the best facilities? So it was an easy decision to support the addition to the Mechanical Engineering Building,” said Tom White, Chairman, President & CEO of Sargent & Lundy.
The nine executives who joined together to contribute to the Campaign to Transform MEB include: CEO Tom White, Roger Coppel, Joe DiCola, Paul Predick, Steve Raupp, Mark Santschi, Terry Sopkin, Shivan Sulkar, and Dave Wright, who also serves as vice president of MechSE’s alumni advisory board.