BUFFALO, N.Y. -- A $500,000 gift from Ravinder K. Bansal, Ph.D.,
and his wife, Pratibha Bansal, M.D., of Clarence, to the University
at Buffalo School of Engineering and Applied Sciences will be used
for costs associated with the construction of a new engineering
building on UB's North (Amherst) Campus.
Ravinder K. Bansal is chairman and CEO of Buffalo-based AirSep
Corp., a manufacturer of PSA oxygen-generating systems for medical
and industrial applications. Pratibha Bansal, a pain management
specialist, is the medical director of Pain Rehab Center of WNY in
In recognition of the Bansals' generosity, UB will name the
building's atrium the Bansal Atrium. The Bansals' gift reflects
their confidence in the future of UB Engineering and its vision to
attract the top students and faculty and to pursue new
partnerships, innovations and research opportunities that will
impact positively the region, state and beyond.
According to Ravinder Bansal, the majority of AirSep's senior
engineering and R&D staff are graduates of the UB engineering
school. "These alumni have greatly contributed to the success of
AirSep," he said. "As a result, AirSep has grown to become the
world's leading manufacturer of PSA oxygen-generating equipment for
use in industrial and home health-care fields."
He continued: "We are proud of the developments and initiatives
being undertaken by the School of Engineering. We wanted to support
UB engineering because there is great promise for the region, the
state and for national economies that are becoming increasingly
dependent on science and technology."
New York State has embraced the engineering school's vision,
providing $49.6 million toward the $73 million needed to build the
structure. UB Engineering is engaged in a fundraising effort to
generate the remaining $23 million in private funds.
"We are grateful to the Bansals for their generous gift, for
their commitment to UB Engineering and for helping us to achieve
our ambitious goals," said Harvey G. Stenger Jr., dean of the
school. "Their gift will have a positive impact on engineering
education for years to come."
The new building will modernize programs and facilities for the
departments of computer science and engineering and electrical
engineering. The planned 130,000-square-foot structure will boast a
"clean room" for intricate work with nanodevices; a "cybortorium"
with sophisticated communications devices and smart technology; and
flexible research labs, classrooms and meeting areas for
The facility will allow UB to use existing buildings to expand
both enrollment and high-demand fields like bioengineering. These
goals are aligned with the UB 2020 strategic plan, which aims to
grow UB by 40 percent between now and the year 2020 and to invest
in areas of strategic strengths such as information and computing
technology and integrated nanostructured systems.
The University at Buffalo is a premier research-intensive
public university, the largest and most comprehensive campus in the
State University of New York. UB's more than 27,000 students pursue
their academic interests through more than 300 undergraduate,
graduate and professional degree programs. Founded in 1846, the
University at Buffalo is a member of the Association of American