Gleasons commit $3M to engineering college




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The Gleason Family Foundation has committed $3 million to RIT’s Kate Gleason College of Engineering to create the Gleason Family Foundation Faculty Development Fund. The gift will be used to recruit and hire talented faculty for the newly established chemical and biomedical engineering degree programs and to assist the new faculty as they establish laboratory facilities and resources for student learning and research.

“Only a donor with a profound commitment to a college and a deep understanding of its promise of delivering excellent educational value to every student would bestow such a gift,” says RIT President Bill Destler. “The Gleason Family Foundation is just such a donor, and we are deeply grateful to both the foundation and the Gleason family for the support they have provided to RIT and the Kate Gleason College for more than 50 years.”

The chemical engineering program was launched in 2009 and currently has more than 120 students enrolled. The biomedical engineering program, recently approved by the New York State Department of Education, welcomed its first class of nearly 40 students this past September. The chemical engineering program emphasizes critical areas such as nano-scale engineering and alternative energy, while the biomedical engineering program focuses on systems biology and engineering analysis for the biomedical industry sector.