Chandran Family Giving $1 Million to Pratt School of Engineering
Clarence Chandran and his late wife Beverley are giving Duke University's
Pratt School of Engineering $1 million in separate gifts for the new Center
for Interdisciplinary Engineering, Medicine and Applied Sciences
(CIEMAS) and for research in brain tumor imaging.
"These gifts are a very significant contribution to our effort to make Pratt a
global leader in engineering research and education," said Duke
President Nannerl O. Keohane in announcing the gifts March 24. "We are
deeply grateful to Clarence and Beverley for their investment in Pratt's
Chandran, who lives in Cary, is the former chief operating officer of Nortel
Networks and is now chairman of the board of InfoClarus, a business
services company that focuses on wireless communications. Beverley
Chandran died earlier this month of cancer.
Pratt Dean Kristina M. Johnson said $500,000 from the Chandran Family
Foundation will support CIEMAS and its programs and $333,333 will
endow the Beverley A. and Clarence J. Chandran Distinguished Lecture
Series and research focused on advances in brain tumor imaging. The
latter gift will be matched by the Nicholas Faculty Leadership Initiative,
bringing its total to $500,000. In addition, the foundation is directing
$166,667 to the Pratt School through the Duke Annual Fund.
The inaugural Beverley A. and Clarence J. Chandran Distinguished
Lecture is scheduled for 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, in Room 2002 North,
Duke Hospital. James M. Provenzale, M.D., professor of radiology, and
Timothy Haystead, Ph.D., associate professor, pharmacology and cancer
biology, will present "Molecular Features of Brain Neoplasms: MR
Imaging and Proteomics Perspectives."
CIEMAS is a 322,000-square foot, four-story facility that will support Pratt
initiatives in bioengineering, photonics, communications and materials
science and materials engineering. It also will house collaborative
research facilities with the Duke School of Medicine. It is scheduled to
open in August 2004.
The support for the Pratt School of Engineering comes through the
Campaign for Duke, which seeks to fund the university's strategic plan,
"Building on Excellence." One of the plan's chief goals is to "significantly
strengthen science and engineering."