Groundbreaking for Yale Engineering Research Building Held December 11

Yale President Richard C. Levin and Provost Susan Hockfield will preside over a groundbreaking ceremony for the Yale Engineering Research Building on December 11 at 11 a.m., corner of Prospect and Trumbull Streets.

“Yale’s continued effort to bolster science and engineering research and study will be advanced with this new facility,” said Levin. “There is no doubt that path breaking research results will originate from within these walls.”

The building will house laboratory and research facilities for biomedical engineering, Yale’s newest department. Part of Yale’s $500 million commitment to science and engineering, the sixty-three thousand square foot structure is the first new engineering building at Yale in over 30 years. It is made possible by the generous gifts of John Malone, chair of Liberty Media Corporation and a 1963 graduate of Yale’s engineering program, who is known for his pioneering role in communications media.

“We in Engineering are doubly delighted on this occasion, as it represents not only the first major physical embodiment of President Levin’s firm commitment to outstanding Engineering at Yale, but also symbolizes the birth of our new Biomedical Engineering Department, which will be housed in this magnificent building,” said Yale Engineering Dean Paul Fleury.

Designed by Cesar Pelli and Associates, the building combines beauty and functionality in a unique manner and makes the most of the challenges posed by the building’s site and position.

Provost Susan Hockfield said, “This building will provide a new home for activities at the intersection of engineering and the biological sciences, and will create a cornerstone for the engineering and physical science activities on the lower Hillhouse campus. The future is bright for science and engineering at Yale.”

“Our new facility will provide Yale students and faculty with unprecedented opportunities for study and research at the leading edge of one of the most exciting and societally important fields in all of science and engineering,” said Fleury. “We are very grateful for the generous gift from John Malone, one of our most successful alumni.

Biomedical engineering has existed at Yale as an interdisciplinary program at both the undergraduate and graduate levels since 1998. The new Department of Biomedical Engineering was formed in July and is chaired by Mark Saltzman, Goizueta Foundation Professor of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, that includes faculty members from both the Faculty of Engineering and the Yale School of Medicine. The department will educate students in this rapidly evolving field of study and will develop bioengineering and bioimaging technologies to link advances in molecular biology, cellular biology and human physiology to the clinical environment. Toward these goals, the faculty, conduct research in biomedical imaging, biomechanics and biomolecular engineering.

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