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Ford Hall Takes Shape

Plans for a new science and engineering facility continue to take shape as a hallmark of Smith’s leadership in science education for women.

Thanks to a recent $10 million leadership gift from the Ford Motor Company Fund, future generations of Smith science students will come to know the planned building at Green Street and Belmont Avenue as Ford Hall. Smith expects to break ground on the $73 million structure in spring 2007. The 140,000-square-foot facility will house the Picker Engineering Program and the departments of computer science, molecular biology, chemistry and biochemistry.

“It is a great honor to know Smith College’s new state-of-the-art science and engineering building will bear the Ford name,” said Sandra E. Ulsh, president of the Ford Motor Company Fund, which supports programs that emphasize diversity in engineering and business and those that link classroom learning with real-world projects and issues.

Ford’s building gift is part of the company’s broader efforts to support Smith’s engineering program—the nation’s first at a women’s college. In recent years, Ford has awarded more than $2.5 million to support Smith’s Picker Engineering Program, and the company has engaged Smith seniors in problem solving for various design projects.

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