Friend Center intended as a tribute and a crossroad


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The Friend Center for Engineering Education, which opened Sept. 29, is viewed by engineering dean James Wei as a keystone in his vision of engineering becoming an integral part of a liberal arts education.

The building also is a monument to a longstanding friendship between two Princeton students. University Charter Trustee Dennis Keller '63 provided a generous gift to establish the center in memory of Peter Friend '63. The two, friends since childhood, were roommates at Princeton. Friend died while an undergraduate, just before his 21st birthday.

The imposing, light-filled building was designed by Henry Cobb of the renowned architectural firm Pei Cobb Freed & Partners of New York. The center encompasses easily reconfigured high-tech classrooms and computer clusters, a distance-learning room set up for videoconferencing, a spacious convocation hall, a 250-seat auditorium outfitted with the latest in audiovisual technology, and a multi-tiered library.

For the complete story, see the Princeton Weekly Bulletin.

The Friend Center for Engineering Education is intended to accommodate both engineering students and undergraduates from other disciplines.

photo: Denise Applewhite



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