The has announced a $7 million gift from the Merwyn C. Gill Foundation to support the Center for Composite Materials.
The Gill Foundation grant will award $5 million to the school to endow a composites center and will provide an additional $250,000 per year for operating support for eight years. In recognition of the gift, the center will be renamed the Merwyn C. Gill Foundation Composites Center.
"The world of materials science has advanced tremendously since my early days, and composite materials are an increasingly important aspect of our everyday lives," said Pasadena industrialist and USC alumnus Merwyn C. Gill. "It is important that the USC School of Engineering play a bigger role in composite materials research and education. I am pleased to give that program a big push."
Gill, who graduated from USC in 1937, is chairman of the board of M.C. Gill Corp. and a member of the USC School of Engineering's board of councilors.