$57 million helps fund new bioengineering, chemical engineering center

Stanford trustee Kavitark Shriram and his wife, Vidjealatchoumy Shriram, have provided $57 million to support a new bioengineering and chemical engineering center, which has been named for them.

Stanford University trustee Kavitark Shriram, right, and his wife, Vidjealatchoumy, have provided $57 million toward the new Shriram Center for Bioengineering and Chemical Engineering.
Joel Simon

Stanford University will name a new home for bioengineering and chemical engineering in recognition of gifts from university trustee Kavitark “Ram” Shriram and his wife, Vidjealatchoumy “Vijay” Shriram.

The couple have provided $57 million in support for the new Shriram Center for Bioengineering & Chemical Engineering, the fourth and final building in the university’s new Science and Engineering Quad. The Shrirams also will endow the departmental chair in the Department of Bioengineering, bringing their total philanthropic support in this area to $61 million.

Stanford has raised a total of $78 million toward the cost of the Shriram Center, including the Shrirams’ support and significant gifts from several other donors. The first occupants have already started moving in.

“The Shriram Center will unite innovators in science, engineering and medicine, enabling them to work together more closely and more quickly,” said John Hennessy, PhD, Stanford's president. “We have also put teaching spaces at the very heart of the research facility, ensuring that future generations will be ready to realize the full potential of these fields. We are deeply grateful to Ram and Vijay for sharing our vision, and for the extraordinary generosity that is making the center a reality.”

With more than 208,000 square feet of space, the Shriram Center is the largest of the four structures in the Science and Engineering Quad. Both the Department of Bioengineering and the Department of Chemical Engineering, which are currently dispersed in several buildings on campus, will be consolidated at the new facility.

The main floor of their shared home is dedicated to teaching spaces for both undergraduate and graduate students. Students, faculty and researchers will benefit from close proximity to the School of Medicine and Stanford hospitals, as well as other engineering departments located within the quadrangle.

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