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Trans-Institutional Capital Planning: Sciences and Engineering

Organizational Management and Engagement Structure

Wond'ryVanderbilt has launched a discovery process to understand its science and engineering research facilities and capabilities and to develop a trans-institutional plan for the future. The assessment will involve interviews with the faculty, an existing buildings assessment, and a programmatic examination of future needs for related departments and capabilities.

This effort is being conducted with advisement from HDR Inc., an architectural, engineering and consulting firm based in Omaha, Nebraska. HDR has a wide portfolio of higher education clients, with recent projects including the University of Maryland Physical Sciences Complex, the Lewis Integrative Science Building at the University of Oregon and the Interdisciplinary Research Building at Howard University.

The executive committees will begin their work this spring, with facility inventories, conditions assessments and space utilization analyses conducted through the summer. The advisory committee will be engaged in the fall 2018. Preliminary reports are expected in early 2019l, to be followed by town halls and a comment period. The final reports and action plans will follow shortly thereafter.

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Executive Committee

  • Susan Wente, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs
  • Eric Kopstain, vice chancellor for administration
  • Eric Bymaster, associate vice chancellor for finance
  • Larry Marnett, dean, School of Medicine, Basic Sciences
  • Philippe Fauchet, dean, School of Engineering
  • John Geer, dean, College of Arts & Science
  • Michael Perez, associate vice chancellor and chief facilities officer

Support staff: Keith Loiseau, Paul Marshall and Megan Sargent, facilities

Advisory Committee

  • Douglas Adams, Daniel F. Flowers Chair and Distinguished Professor of civil and environmental engineering
  • Isabel Gauthier, David K. Wilson Chair and professor of psychology
  • Steve Goodbred, chair and professor of earth and environmental sciences
  • Tina Iverson, associate professor of pharmacology
  • Shane Hutson, professor of physics
  • Kane Jennings, chair and professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering
  • Ethan Lee, professor of cell and developmental biology
  • Antonis Rokas, Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair and professor of biological sciences
  • Charles (Chuck) R. Sanders, Aileen M. Lange and Annie Mary Lyle Chair in Cardiovascular Research; associate dean for research; professor of biochemistry
  • Sharon Weiss, Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair of electrical engineering and computer science; professor of electrical engineering
  • David Wright, division dean of sciences, College of Arts & Science


University begins capital planning assessments of humanities, sciences to chart future (Dec. 6, 2017)

Process Timeline

April 2018 - Hire firm

Spring 2018 - Committee engagement

Summer/Fall 2018 - Preliminary interviews; faculty inventory, conditions assessment and space utilization analysis; building/site visits

Fall/Winter 2018 - Committee and community engagement, preliminary reports; discovery workshops; draft report; town hall

Spring 2019 - Follow-up action plan