Campaign kick-off

By Hilary Parker
February 05, 2008

Five-year fundraising effort supports ‘Engineering and a Sustainable Society’

Princeton University launched a five-year, $1.75 billion fundraising campaign Nov. 9, including a goal of $325 million to support initiatives under the category of Engineering and a Sustainable Society.

Among the day-long series of kick-off events, two panels of experts led vigorous discussions of major societal issues related to engineering: What is the future of the Internet and its role in society, and what are our prospects and responsibilities for dealing with global climate change?

Google chief executive Eric Schmidt ’76 moderated the first panel, titled “The Future of the Internet.” It included Princeton computer scientists Larry Peterson, Edward Felten and Jennifer Rexford ’91. The second panel, “Climate Change: Science and Solutions,” was moderated by Dean of Engineering H. Vincent Poor *77 and included Michael Oppenheimer, professor of geosciences and public affairs, and Stephen Pacala, director of the Princeton Environmental Institute.

For more information on the campaign and its goals, visit: http://aspire.princeton.edu.

Larry Peterson and Eric Schmidt

Eric Schmidt and Princeton computer scientists

Michael Oppenheimer, Stephen Pacala and Dean H. Vincet Poor