turner-with-students-300.jpgAmerican engineering education is about to get a Texas-sized boost. A $10.1 million gift from the W.W. Caruth Jr. Foundation at Communities Foundation of Texas – the single largest gift ever received by SMU’s School of Engineering – will help the United States compete globally in engineering and technology by preparing students to excel in these fields.

The gift directs $5.1 million to establish and endow the Caruth Institute for Engineering Education at SMU and $5 million toward a new building on the site of the original Caruth Hall, the historic home of SMU’s School of Engineering since 1948.

Conrad High School students in classroom“As we approach our centennial celebration, it is fitting that the Caruth name is once again linked with SMU, because the Caruth family made the original gift of land that helped to assure the University’s location in Dallas,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “Now, nearly a century later, this generous new gift … will enable SMU to make Dallas a national center for innovative engineering education and serve as a critical educational asset for North Texas.”Read more from SMU News.

(Left, top, President Turner and the podium party are joined by students from Dallas’ Emmett J. Conrad High School; bottom, Conrad students attend a presentation in an engineering classroom.)