UM-Dearborn's College of Engineering and Computer Science honors longtime supporter by naming its engineering complex after Prechter
September 29, 2006
DEARBORN / Sept. 29, 2006---For years, industrialist and philanthropist Heinz C. Prechter provided substantial resources for the University of Michigan-Dearborn’s College of Engineering and Computer Science to make it one of the best schools of its kind in the country.
The college honored the longtime supporter on Sept. 29 by naming its engineering complex after Prechter, who died in 2001. Guests at the ceremony included Prechter’s widow Waltraud, U-M President Mary Sue Coleman, former Gov. John Engler and U-M Regent Andrew Richner.
The Heinz C. Prechter Engineering Complex is one of the buildings housing UM-Dearborn’s College of Engineering and Computer Science. It was completed in 1997.
“The University of Michigan-Dearborn has one of the finest engineering programs around, and it is due in part to the generous support of the Prechters,” according to UM-Dearborn Chancellor Daniel Little. “Heinz Prechter was especially supportive of the college’s instructional and research agendas, and he supported the Manufacturing Engineering Systems Laboratory, student fellowships in Germany, initial funding for the Institute for Advanced Vehicle Systems, and support of the Henry W. Patton Center for Engineering Education and Practice.
“These resources have helped create a high-quality educational environment for our students, world-class research opportunities for faculty and meaningful partnerships with industry,” Little said.
“A substantial portion of the funding for the Prechter Engineering Complex was given to the university by and through the efforts of Heinz C. Prechter and his family,” according Subrata Sengupta, dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science. “Heinz C. Prechter’s vision of an engineering college engaged with industry and government helped define and reinforce the strategic direction of the college.”