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$4-million gift from grad “amps up” research and education

April 21, 2012 — 

Stanley F. PauleyA major donation by an alumnus will support an upgrading and redevelopment of electrical engineering research and teaching facilities at the Faculty of Engineering.

Stanley F. Pauley, through The Pauley Family Foundation, made the donation to renovate and refurbish existing laboratories and facilities. Pauley, chairman and CEO of Carpenter Company in Richmond, Virginia, graduated from Electrical Engineering in 1949.

“I have fond memories of the U of M. It is a great school,” says Pauley. It was an exciting time for me while I was getting a great education that served me well during my working years, so it was easy to decide to give something back that would help others.”

The current high voltage building, housing electrical power conversion research facilities, requires upgrading of the electrical distribution system, HVAC, water and all other services to be fully utilized and meet current building use standards. The entire building and its laboratories will be renovated, refurbished, and named the Stanley Pauley Centre, devoted to education and research associated with electrical power conversion.

“I am delighted that we can honour Mr. Pauley with the establishment of this centre,” says Jonathan Beddoes, Dean of Engineering. “The Stanley Pauley Centre will allow the department of electrical engineering to maintain its leadership position in teaching and research. I am already looking forward to seeing the exciting projects that students and researchers will undertake in this Centre. This will give students the knowledge needed to make valuable contributions to energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies that are critical to our future economic well-being.”

The Stanley Pauley Centre will house three major laboratories: the Intelligent Power Grid Laboratory, the Electric Vehicles Laboratory and the McMath High Voltage Laboratory.

“This generous gift will transform our university and transform lives by ensuring our engineering students, faculty and staff can study, teach and conduct research in the best possible facilities,” says U of M President, David Barnard. “We thank Mr. Pauley for giving back to the university and investing in our future success.”

Pauley has also established an endowment fund at the U of M to finance the Stanley F. Pauley Award in Electrical Engineering, which will support three $5,000 bursaries each year. Pauley notes: “It’s important to me that I help some electrical engineering students who have financial need, so that they will not have to work during the school year. I worked every summer so that I could afford to attend the university without being distracted. I’m hoping this will result in training more electrical engineers that the economy needs so badly.”

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