Biology, Engineering, and Psychology Project

Plans for the Biology, Engineering, and Psychology building

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.

View slides of the project [pdf].

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: Chief Information Technology Officer Joel Cooper, Associate Director of Sponsored Programs and Institutional Relations Tania Johnson, Richter Professor of Political Science Carol Nackenoff, Science Librarian Meg Spencer, English Student (E), Jessica Bacha (B), Psychology Student (P), Core Team, and Academic Users Group

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

Academic Users Group: Associate Professor of Biology Jose-Luis Machado, Professor of Psychology Frank Durgin, Professor of Engineering Carr Everbach, Associate Professor of Biology Nick Kaplinsky, and Registrar Martin Warner

Facilities and Administrative Advisory Group: Technology Coordinator Mary Hasbrouck, Director of Public Safety Mike Hill, Director of Grounds and Coordinator of Horticulture Jeff Jabco, Dining Services Director Linda McDougal, Environmental Health and Safety Director Jinny Schiffer, Environmental Services, and Director of Maintenance Ralph Thayer

Biology Department Working Group: Associate Professor of Biology Nick Kaplinsky, Biology Faculty, Biology Staff, and Biology Students

Engineering Department Working Group: Professor of Engineering Carr Everbach, Engineering Faculty, Engineering Staff, and Engineering Students

Psychology Department Working Group: Professor of Psychology Frank Durgin, Psychology Faculty, Psychology Staff, and Psychology Students

Shared Facilities Working Group: Associate Professor of Biology Jose-Luis Machado, Associate Chief Information Technology Officer Eric Behrens, Assistant Professor of Biology Brad Davidson, Professor of Psychology Frank Durgin, Professor of Engineering Lynne Molter, Registrar Martin Warner, and BEP Staff