BY MARY McLEAN ORSZULAK G’ 10
After more than two years of renovation and expansion the College of Engineering was ready to show off the
$12.8 million investments in Sleith Hall
with a Rededication Celebration held
on December 9, 2014.
From members of the Board of
Trustees to retired faculty—members
of the University community came out
to show their support of the latest
modernization project to elevate the
learning environment. In the past
three years, more than $60 million
have been invested in improvements
to academic buildings.
The event began with a formal rib-
bon cutting ceremony in the newly re-
named Lyman and Leslie Wood Audi-
torium. “My first thought when I came
in was ‘wow!’ I’ve seen a lot of audi-
toriums and this one was beautifully
done,” said Mr. Wood. “Being able to
build this hall puts you on the map.
Western New England is really a nu-
cleus school that cares about the im-
portant things: the students and the
Guests were then invited to tour the
new labs, studio classrooms, offices,
and facilities for doctoral students.
The Biomedical Engineering Suite
(pictured at left) was a popular tour
stop, where guests were introduced to
the simulation mannequin that enables students to learn how the projects they work on are applied in a
Lab tours included meeting with Dr.
Neeraj Magotra, chair of the Department of Computer and Electrical Engineering (pictured at right). There,
guests, including project benefactors
and Trustees Steven Kitrosser ’66/G’70
and John Brennan ’71, heard about the
growing field of Mechatronics.
Throughout the day, attendees were
impressed by the scope and variety of
student and faculty research taking
place within Sleith Hall. With access
to the latest in technology and facili-
ties, the potential for innovation is un-
limited. Those opportunities are the
direct result of the project’s many fi-
nancial supporters, University admin-
istration and staff, and the tireless
commitment of Dean S. Hossein Cher-
aghi and his faculty.
“Our success would not be possible
were it not for the generosity of the
many benefactors to this project,” said
University President Anthony S. Caprio.
“In fact, over the last two years, 403
donors gave $2.6 million in support of
the College of Engineering, its students,
and this endeavor.” n
SLEITH HALL REDEDICATION CELEBRATES CREATIVITY,
INNOVATION, AND A PASSION FOR DISCOVERY!
WELLEN DAVISON LAB DEDICATION
Prior to the Rededication, a celebration of the new
Wellen Davison Lab was held. Professor Davison taught
Mechanical Engineering for nearly 40 years. In 1989, the
University established the Wellen Davison Seminar, now
an annual professional development event for faculty.
Many faculty emeriti were on hand for the dedication of
the lab “It’s wonderful to see how far the University has
come,” Dr. Davison’s daughter, Deborah Antinori told attendees. “It’s an incredible honor and my father would
have been humbled. He’d be saying ‘Let’s get in the lab
and do something!’”
Dr. Wellen Davison’s daughter, Deborah
Antinori, with College of Engineering
Dean S. Hossein Cheraghi