Fueling Innovation: The Campaign for IIT celebrated a milestone on September 25 with the dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony of the John T. Rettaliata Engineering Center and investiture of the John T. Rettaliata Endowed Chair in Armour College of Engineering.
These events were made possible through a generous gift from Caryl Pucci Rettaliata in memory of her husband, the late John T. Rettaliata, who served as Illinois Tech’s second president. Her commitment funded the first phase of extensive renovations to the structure, formerly known as Engineering 1 Building. Originally designed by Myron Goldsmith, the building now features renovations designed by Lohan Anderson and includes a light-filled atrium, new laboratory spaces, and a new collaborative and interactive educational space.
The dedication took place under the Rettaliata Engineering Center’s new outdoor canopy, where the IIT community gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony and toast. Following the dedication, longtime faculty member Hassan Nagib was invested as the John T. Rettaliata Endowed Chair in the College of Engineering.
These enhanced classrooms and meeting spaces will impact generations of students, and the beauty of the exterior and interior renovations will uphold IIT’s tradition of architectural excellence. The transformation of Engineering 1 will ensure that it remains the heart as well as the home of IIT Armour College of Engineering for decades to come.
Visit fuelinginnovation.iit.edu to learn more about the Rettaliata Engineering Center and how the campaign is transforming IIT. Be sure to check out the many innovative alumni, students, and faculty featured on the site.