Biology, Engineering, and Psychology Project

About the Project

In December 2012, Swarthmore College announced a gift totaling $50 million, the largest gift in its nearly 150-year history, from renowned alumnus and philanthropist Eugene Lang '38, a generous supporter of the College for more than four decades. This gift, his largest to the College, will result in new engineering and science facilities and help to extend connections between the College's engineering program and many of the other disciplines that comprise liberal arts education, a critical aspect of the College's strategic plan, adopted in December 2011. The plan provides leadership in the global reinterpretation of the liberal arts as it supports the integration of academic rigor and creativity, intentional community, and engagement in the world.

Lang believes that engineering, when in conversation with other disciplines, will play a crucial role in the expansion and application of knowledge. He makes this gift in part to continue the historic and unique vision that inspired the College's founders to include engineering as part of the curriculum in 1871-72, the College's third academic year. Today, Swarthmore is one of only nine premier liberal arts colleges with a dedicated engineering program.

Project Governnance

Governance [pdf] of the project is overseen by the following groups:

Steering Committee: Interim President Constance Hungerford, Vice President for Finance and Administration Greg Brown, Board of Managers Liaison Tom Hartnett, and the Core Team

Campus Community Advisory Committee: Student and faculty representatives and staff from the Scott Arboretum, Sponsored Programs and Institutonal Relations, and Information Technology Services

Core Team: Vice President for Facilities and Services Stu Hain, Provost Tom Stephenson, Associate Professor of Biology Jose-Luis Machado, Assistant Vice President and Controller Eileen Petula, Director of Planning and Construction Jan Semler, and A.D.A. Program Manager Susan Smythe

Academic Users Group: Chairs of  the Biology, Engineering, and Psychology Department Working Groups and Registrar Martin Warner

Facilities and Services Working Group: Representatives from Facilities Services, Public Safety, Grounds, Dining Services, Environmental Services, Risk and Occupational Safety, and Maintenance

Biology, Engineering, and Psychology Working Groups - Faculty, staff, and students from each department has its own working group

Shared Facilities Working Group - Representatives from Biology, Engineering, and Psychology Departments, Information Technology Services, and the Registrar