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Engineering Initiative at $6.1 million raised - Saint Martin's University
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About the Initiative

The year 2011 marked a special time in Saint Martin's distinguished history. With the launch of Saint Martin's Engineering Initiative, we are laying a new cornerstone for the entire University.

The School of Engineering is in the process of getting a retrofit: two new buildings, a new dean, and a new place in the wider community.

The Old Cebula Hall was home to the School of Engineering for many decades, but its useful life had unfortunately come to a close. It served the school well, though, and now the new building will allow Saint Martin's to continue Father Cebula's legacy of high-quality teaching, informed by Benedictine values.

The Engineering Initiative features a "green" building, targeted for Platinum LEED certification, ready to train the next generation of engineers. The new facility for the School of Engineering will mean more students, more lab space for those students, and the completion of the Saint Martin's academic "quad," improving the campus experience for all students. Now that the new Cebula Hall has been complete, the next step is to build a adjacent and complementary industrial lab building, the "Lab in the Woods," that will house labs for robotics, fluids, soils, fabrication, wind tunnel, a project work area, classroom and senior project display space.

Despite our small size, Saint Martin's has had an international impact on the profession of engineering. More than 1,300 graduates have gone on to work all over the world in engineering firms, and state and local government. These graduates have the traits of great engineers — the ability to problem-solve, adapt and innovate — and because they come from Saint Martin's, they are also great thinkers.

Our newly invigorated School of Engineering will build on the successes of those alumni. It will expand our services to the local community, the engineering profession, and the campus experience for students and faculty. It is the first of many steps in our plans for the future and will help secure Saint Martin's rightful place among the best small Catholic universities in the country.

Terry Monaghan '62 and Waite Dalrymple '65
co-chairs, Saint Martin's University Engineering Initiative