Latest Innovation: USD Inaugurates Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering

From Inside USD -- It’s official.

USD’s Engineering Programs are now the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, following a ceremony Thursday.

“We can build one of the very best undergraduate engineering programs in the entire country and the world and that’s what we’re going to do,” pledged founding Dean Chell A. Roberts.

A $20 million gift from philanthropist Darlene Marcos Shiley made the transition possible. Shiley, whose late husband Donald P. Shiley invented the artificial heart valve that revolutionized heart surgery, urged engineering students in the audience to aim for similar successes.

“If you can just step up to the plate and hit a couple of home runs for me, I’d really appreciate it because my life is dedicated to that man,” Shiley said. The name of the school also honors her family’s Brazilian heritage, Shiley said. (Full Story



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