University of San Diego to start school of engineering with $20 million donation
September 27, 2012
The University of San Diego recently received a $20 million donation from philanthropist Darlene Shiley to expand the school's current engineering department into a free-standing school. The Shiley family has made previous contributions to USD and the University of Portland where Donald Shiley, Darlene's husband, attended.
Donald Shiley was one of the first practicing bioengineers, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. He invented a heart valve that innovated cardiac treatments in the 1970s.
"I'm doing this because my late husband, Donald, was, at his core, an engineer whose work helped save the lives of four hundred thousand people. I'd like to see USD turn out one or two engineers like him," Darlene told the media outlet, adding that the school's department is now ranked 25th in the nation and educates a large population of military veterans.
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