Eighteen months after an old classroom building at Utah State University was demolished, a larger and more innovative building has been dedicated in its place.
David G. Sant and his wife, Diann, donated $6 million toward the total $13 million cost of a new, state-of-the-art engineering laboratory building, providing additional research space for students to learn and extra space for the College of Engineering to grow.
"Having state-of-the-art facilities plays a very important role in attracting top-notch students and staff to USU's College of Engineering," Sant said. His donations not only contribute to the construction of the 38,000 square-foot building but also support students with the David G. Sant General Engineering Scholarship Endowment.
"Funded research adds to the image and the creative environment in the engineering school, and I believe that funding scholarships is important in making sure qualified students can attend and achieve their goals," he said.
Sant said he had been looking for a way to give back to the community that shaped his life, adding that USU equipped him for his own career in electrical engineering. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from USU in 1962 and 1964 and went on to earn an MBA from Sant Clara University.
"Dave's vision for innovation and its power to transform the world is the foundation for the College of Engineering's motto, 'Creating Tomorrow, Today,' and his generous giving has led to the construction of this new building," said H. Scott Hinton, dean of USU's College of Engineering. He said the new building provides the facilities for additional hands-on undergraduate and graduate research.
"This modern laboratory facility will be used to explore and develop technology ideas and prototypes that can be used to stimulate the technology transfer process from the university to the marketplace," he said.
The building has three floors, each containing engineering labs of various sizes, complete with modular bays allowing the space to grow as needed.
Sant believes the investment is well worthwhile in that it will help the school grow and reach goals."The College of Engineering has been very aggressive in becoming a world-class engineering school," he said. "I am very pleased that it has chosen to honor me with this new building naming."