Cross-disciplinary mission resonates at Keller Center dedication

The Kellers look at a framed collage of some of the student projects that the Keller Center has supported, presented to them by President Tilghman. (photo: Andrea Kane)
(below) The Kellers admire a high-performance bicycle made from bamboo shown by senior Nick Frey, a mechanical and aerospace engineering major. Student presentations concluded the dedication event. (photo: Frank Wojciechowski)

Dennis Keller, who graduated from Princeton in 1963 with a degree in economics, and his wife, Constance Templeton Keller, were honored during a dedication ceremony April 16 for endowing a center in Princeton’s School of Engineering and Applied Science.

The Keller Center for Innovation in Engineering Education is a cross-disciplinary initiative focused on preparing Princeton students to be leaders in an increasingly complex and technology-driven society. Members of the University community gathered to celebrate the naming of the center for the Kellers, who made a $20 million gift last year to support it.

The daylong celebration included meetings of advisers of the center and the engineering school, a formal dedication ceremony and a panel discussion with the deans of six engineering schools.

The dedication was held in the Friend Center for Engineering Education, which was funded by a previous gift from Keller, and named in honor of his friend and classmate, the late Peter Friend.

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