The has announced a $10 million commitment from alumnus Bob Gore in support of its just-opened Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Laboratory.
With flexible teaching spaces, advanced research laboratories, cutting-edge equipment, and collaborative common areas, the ISE Lab is designed to encourage cross-disciplinary cooperation and inspire a new generation of science and engineering professionals. The facility also houses three of the university's key research centers — the , the , and the . In recognition of the gift, the research wing of the facility, which includes an imaging and microscopy suite, a nanofabrication facility, and an advanced materials characterization lab, will be named the Bob and Jane Gore Research Laboratories.
As a sophomore studying chemical engineering at Delaware, Gore came up with the idea for a multi-conductor wiring strip and shared it with his father, an engineer at DuPont. To develop and produce the product, Gore Sr. left DuPont in 1958 and founded with his wife, Genevieve. The wiring strip, which was called Multi-Tet cable, became the first patent and product for the new company, which is best known for developing the waterproof fabric Gore-Tex.
Bob Gore's previous support for the university includes a $1 million gift in 2005 to fund the Genevieve W. Gore Recital Hall in the Roselle Center for the Arts and a second $1 million gift in 2011 to establish the Robert W. Gore Fellowship in the College of Engineering. In addition, the Gore family gave $18.5 million to the university in the mid-1990s to fund the construction of Gore Hall.
"The entire UD community is grateful to Bob Gore for this landmark gift," said UD president Patrick Harker. "Bob understands that the ISE Lab will stimulate the same kind of cross-disciplinary, problem-based approach to learning, invention and innovation that's been so integral to his own legendary success. Through his profoundly generous gift, Bob is investing in the future discoveries of every researcher, faculty member, and student who walks through the doors of the Bob and Jane Gore Research Laboratories."