The University at Buffalo has received a $500,000 donation to help construct a new engineering building on the North Campus in Amherst.
The gift is from Ravinder K. Bansal and his wife, Dr. Pratibha Bansal, of Clarence.
Ravinder Bansal is chairman and chief executive officer of AirSep Corp., an Amherst-based manufacturer of medical and industrial oxygen generators. His wife is a pain-management specialist and medical director of the Pain Rehab Center of Western New York.
"Their gift will be a positive impact on engineering education for years to come," said Harvey G. Stenger, dean of the UB School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
UB is planning a $73 million, 130,000-square-foot building to improve programs and modernize facilities for the departments of computer science, engineering and electrical engineering. UB already has secured $49.6 million in state money for the project, while the department is trying to raise the remaining $23 million through private donations.
The updated classrooms and research labs should accommodate more collaboration among disciplines, while the new facility would allow UB to use existing buildings to expand enrollment and high-demand fields including bioengineering, officials said.
At AirSep, the majority of senior engineering and research and development staff are UB graduates, so the company wanted to support the project, Ravinder Bansal said.
"These alumni have greatly contributed to the success of AirSep," he said. "We are proud of the developments and initiatives being undertaken by the School of Engineering."