BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The University at Buffalo School of Engineering
and Applied Sciences has received a $100,000 gift to name the
advanced visualization networking systems laboratory in the
school's new building, slated for completion in 2011.
Michael Keller, president of Keller Technology in Tonawanda,
N.Y., said he and his family made the donation as an expression of
gratitude to UB for the many graduates he has hired to be staff
engineers at the company, which provides custom automation systems
and machinery design, engineering and manufacturing services.
"Our company has benefited tremendously from hiring highly
skilled engineering graduates from the university," Keller said.
"We are excited to give back to UB Engineering, which is a vital
catalyst for the region's economy and of prime importance to New
York State and beyond."
Keller attended Lehigh University, where UB Engineering Dean
Harvey Stenger served as dean of the P.C. Rossin College of
Engineering and Applied Science before becoming dean at the UB
school in 2006.
"We are grateful to the entire Keller family for their
generosity," Stenger said. "Thanks to them, the engineering school
will be able to provide the top-flight technology and equipment
needed to train future engineers who will grow into a robust work
Advanced visualization is an interdisciplinary science that
"develops effective methodologies to show scientific, medical,
interactive multimedia, educational and artistic data to
communicate both abstract and concrete ideas," according to Aidong
Zhang, professor and chair of the computer science and engineering
"It includes techniques for creating images, diagrams, graphs
and animations to communicate a data message," Zhang said. "The
topics and concepts of visualization are synergies of computer
graphics, information engineering, imaging science, human
perception and cognition, numerical analysis, animation techniques,
pattern analysis and visual computing. The applications are
typically in computer graphics, but far beyond as well."
Zhang said the new advanced visualization lab will
"significantly leverage the various existing faculty research
strengths, such as computer vision, pattern recognition, multimedia
computing, human-computer interaction, smart environment and
"The lab will also support cutting-edge networking research, in
particular, developing distributed robust and resilient wireless
sensor network services and applications," she said.
Keller Technology was founded in 1918 by Joseph and his son,
Arthur P. Keller Sr. Today, Arthur "Bud" Keller Jr. -- grandson of
Joseph and father of Michael, Peter and Kathie Keller -- is company
chairman. Peter Keller is vice president of the company and Kathie
Keller is treasurer.
Michael Keller's family includes his wife, Marilee, and their
children: Mark; Libby, MBA '02; and Scott, BA '01. Michael's
children and Peter's son, Barnaby, represent the fifth generation
of the Keller family to work for the business.
The new engineering building will serve as a home for two
closely allied departments: electrical engineering, and computer
science and engineering, which have worked collaboratively for many