has announced a $25 million gift from alumnus and trustee Philip Schiller and his wife, Kim Gassett-Schiller, in support of a new science facility.
The Schiller Institute for Integrated Science and Society will be the centerpiece of a $150 million, 150,000-square-foot facility featuring research laboratories, classrooms, and space for students and faculty to collaborate across disciplines. Through the institute, BC students will be able to explore interdisciplinary courses in applied sciences, design thinking, implementation science, computer and data science, global public health, and other fields while incorporating elements of technology, engineering, and entrepreneurship in their studies through collaborations with BC's professional schools and the Shea Center for Entrepreneurship.
Areas of focus for the institute will include clean-energy technologies that are vital to alleviating poverty and protecting health; the creation of novel technologies for the diagnosis and treatment of human diseases in resource-poor areas around the world; and work in areas such as remote sensing and clean water supply development. Construction is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2019.
According to the , the gift's emphasis on the sciences is part of a trend in higher education that has seen colleges and universities expand aggressively into science and research fields.
"The liberal arts education I received at Boston College gave me the confidence that I could learn anything, which has helped me throughout my life," said Schiller, a 1982 graduate and the senior vice president of worldwide marketing at Apple. "Kim and I hope this Institute for Integrated Science and Society will provide similar opportunities for future generations of BC students who are eager to take on the challenges facing the world."