"An educated work force is vital to the competitiveness of this country. The undergraduate research program will provide students an opportunity to immerse themselves in cutting edge research and technology innovation," said Kuehler. "We hope the program will reinvigorate a sense of discovery and innovation for SCU students."
The Kuehler gift is one of a number of major gifts pledged this year. In August, the Campaign passed the $305 million mark toward its $350 million goal for scholarships, endowed faculty chairs, program support, and new facilities. In May 2005, the University received a million dollar gift from alums John M. and Abby Sobrato to go toward building a new library on the University campus.
"By creating an endowment for undergraduate research in engineering, the Kuehlers have opened up a world of promise to SCU students," said Daniel Pitt, dean of the engineering school at SCU. "Undergraduate research and a close collaboration with faculty and hands-on learning propel students to new heights in the profession. Jack and Carmen have, through their extraordinary generosity, brought a unique opportunity to SCU students and faculty."
Kuehler joined IBM Research in 1958. In 1980, he was elected a vice president and named president of the general technology division. He was appointed member of the board in 1986, executive vice president in 1987 and president in 1989. A Los Gatos resident, he retired in 1993.
He is a former director of Aetna, the Parsons Corporation, Mail.Com and the Arch Chemical Company. The Kuehlers live in Los Gatos and have 5 children and 12 grandchildren.
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