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Knowles Dedication a Bright Day for Engineering

The engineering quadrangle was filled with sunshine and well-wishers on April 27th, 1991, for the dedication of the college’s new research facility, the Knowles Engineering Building. Speeches and ceremonies praising the facility and the man its name honors, alumnus Andrew C. Knowles III, were given graciously on the steps of the brick building.

Knowles praised the accomplishments of the university and college and told the audience that the dedication was not a time to look back at the past, but a time to look ahead.

“What it is all about are the kids we are going to educate,” said Knowles, “the graduate students – people who will pass through here like I did through Marston Hall.”

A 1957 Electrical Engineering graduate, Andy Knowles has been a spirited friend of the college through the years. The retired executive, who spent most of his career with Digital Equipment Corporation, was chairman of the university’s Board of Trustees from 1986 to 1988.

For the College of Engineering, Knowles chaired the capital campaign during the early and mid-1980s, helping the college raise $11 million to upgrade facilities and improve equipment. He was an active member of the Dean’s Advisory Council and has been the driving force behind donations of equipment to the Video Instructional Program, Engineering Computer Services, and the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department.

“Naming this building in honor of alumnus Andrew C. Knowles III is a tribute to all alumni,” said outgoing Dean Jame E. A. John. “Andy’s generosity and enthusiasm have helped the college rise into the ranks of the country’s top engineering schools. His support of and service to the college and university demonstrates the tremendous impact of alumni support, and we are proud that his name will be on this research building.”

Knowles Engineering Building

Size: 24,000 net square feet
Total Project Cost: $5.1 million
Architect: Cambridge Seven Associates, Inc.
General Contractor: Fontaine Brothers, Inc.