Driving the Future Autonomous vehicles. Mobile apps. Smart grids. Machine learning. Smart buildings. Cyber security. Energy systems. Artificial intelligence. Western Washington University is expanding our electrical engineering and computer science programs to tackle the most pressing technological challenges of our time. Together with industry partners, we are building a dynamic and collaborative program for applied education and research in advanced technology engineering and computer science.
Preparing More Problem-Solvers Western is committed to producing more graduates in high-demand fields. Western’s focus on small classes, interdisciplinary approaches, hands-on learning, and student participation in faculty-led research is a strategic advantage when it comes to preparing the next generation of innovators and problem-solvers. Western is also committed to inclusive success. We understand that more people of all cultures, backgrounds, and experience need to come together to solve problems. Diversity of perspective is key to shaping a sustainable future.
Reducing Carbon Kaiser Borsari Hall will be the first publicly funded zero-energy academic building on a university campus in Washington State. It’s a public-private funding partnership, named for Fred Kaiser and Grace Borsari, longtime friends and champions of WWU, who have committed $10 million to the campaign to fund the project, alongside $53 million in state-appropriated funds.
Connecting Industry to Education This game-changing hub of STEM teaching and learning is a direct response to the needs of Washington state industries and employers. It will be a place for collaboration and connection with spaces that foster innovation, investigation, and inspiration. Physically and culturally accessible, it will be a hub where industry experts, faculty, and students come together to co-create the technology and engineering solutions for today and tomorrow.
Funding the Building The project budget for the facility is $73 million. The Washington State Legislature is providing $53 million and the Western Washington University Foundation’s “Building Washington’s Future” capital campaign aims to raise $20 million. The campaign was launched in the fall of 2019 with a $10 million lead gift from long-time donors Fred Kaiser and Grace Borsari who previously donated over $2 million to the Foundation for scholarships and university lab space. The new building will be named in their honor. The campaign has raised nearly $15 million and is currently pursuing gifts to achieve the carbon neutral design.
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