Uncommon Good Impact Report

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CAMPAIGN PILLAR: SINEGAL CENTER FOR SCIENCE AND INNOVATION

The Jim and Janet Sinegal Center for Science and Innovation is providing greater opportunities for students to conduct cutting-edge research and collaborate on cross-disciplinary projects. This facility positions Seattle University to graduate future generations of leaders in a technology-driven, ever-changing world.

In addition to new teaching and research labs, the Sinegal Center is home to the Amazon Computer Science Project Center, more than two dozen student study spaces, the Billodue Makerspace, the Convergence Zone café by Microsoft, student-run radio station KXSU 102.1 FM, and the Fr. Stephen Sundborg, S.J. Center for Community Engagement.  

The $153 million construction project also includes important renovations to the Bannan Center for Science and Engineering, including new university classrooms and updated engineering labs, the all-new PACCAR Engineering Innovation Center, as well as spaces and tutorial rooms for students in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mathematics and Physics. 

New Teaching and
Research Labs
New Classrooms And
55 New Study Spaces
Of CSE Alumni Support In The
Final Year Of The Campaign

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"Our family made a commitment to the Jim and Janet Sinegal Center for Science and Innovation to ensure Seattle U remains a regional leader in STEM programs. I am fortunate to have served Seattle U through advisory boards, mentoring and corporate project sponsorship. These opportunities helped me appreciate how critical alumni involvement is to Jesuit education."

— Jiwan Hayre, '91, '95

Your Enduring Impact

A New Era of STEM Education

Through both the new Sinegal Center for Science and Innovation and the improvements to our existing STEM facilities, Seattle University has more resources than ever before to support our students' development into empowered leaders building a more just and humane world. Faculty, alumni and students share their perspectives on how the new Sinegal Center will transform STEM education at Seattle University.

PAT '69, AND MARY WELCH, '69, '76, SHARE A FIRM BELIEF THAT A SEATTLE UNIVERSITY EDUCATION CHANGES LIVES

Valuing a science and engineering education as a building block of a professional career, Pat and Mary Welch are faithful supporters of student research in the College of Science and Engineering, and pledged their financial support for the new Sinegal Center for Science and Innovation.
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"This fabulous new Jim and Janet Sinegal Center for Science and Innovation, at the gateway of our beautiful campus, represents the growing importance of STEM disciplines, both here at Seattle University and in the modern economy. The faculty and staff in the College of Science and Engineering are grateful to the individuals, foundations and corporations who generously contributed to making the Sinegal Center a reality."

Michael Quinn, Dean, College of Science and Engineering

DRIVING INNOVATION ONE STUDENT AT A TIME

Growing up, Corky Chew’s and Nancy Gilbert’s garage workbench was their son Brad’s, '17, extended classroom. He would tinker and modify things, eventually dismantling and rebuilding his car engine. Thinking ahead to college, their wish for him was to expand his boundaries, feed his curiosity and introduce him to lifelong friends.
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CREATING A CULTURE OF INNOVATION

The Billodue Makerspace will embrace and support curricular and co-curricular intersections, which is an evolutionary movement, where students from all corners of campus can exercise their creativity in a wide variety of ways. Students with all levels of technological experience will be welcomed and encouraged to engage in creating.
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Jim and Janet Sinegal: Recognizing Vision and Leadership

The Sinegals’ impact on Seattle U and its students is reflected across campus, including the College of Nursing and Center for Community Engagement, and through several scholarships, most notably, the Costco Scholarship Fund, established in 2000 to support students from underrepresented minority groups.

In 2011, President Stephen V. Sundborg, S.J., and Jim co-founded the Seattle University Youth Initiative (SUYI) to unite the campus and surrounding community to support local youth and families. Since SUYI’s founding, Jim and Jan have offered guidance, leadership and financial support to ensure its continued growth and success.

The Jim and Janet Sinegal Center for Science and Innovation, is so named to honor their legacy and their commitment to our community and desire to prepare future generations of STEM leaders is reflected throughout the Sinegal Center.