The School of Engineering & Applied Science will be renamed the James McKelvey School of Engineering.
The renaming is in honor of trustee and distinguished alumnus Jim McKelvey Jr., who has made an unprecedented and transformative investment in the school.
As founder of Six Thirty (co-founder), LaunchCode (founder), Third Degree Glass Factory (co-founder), Mira publishing (founded while he was a student at WashU, then later sold to Graphic Connections Group), and Square (co-founder), McKelvey’s name is synonymous with innovation and entrepreneurship.
The commitment will be used to fund scholarships and professorships and to create educational and research programs that integrate computing with the humanities, social sciences, the arts and other disciplines. It also will support the dean’s highest priorities of advancing the school and its impact on people and communities, at home and around the world. And it will support the school’s efforts to enrich the St. Louis region’s innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem.