Phillips 66 Company gift supports E-Knowledge Commons project


The Phillips 66 Company has pledged $37,500 to name a space within the E-Knowledge Commons.

The E-Knowledge Commons project will provide a student-centered space designed for peer-to-peer learning in Reber Building. The space will give mechanical and nuclear engineering students a place to work in teams across a variety of study spaces, while having easy access to technology and other resources.

“Phillips 66 has been a longtime supporter of Penn State, and the E-Knowledge Commons project presented a great opportunity to further expand our support for the mechanical and nuclear engineering department,” said Andrew Thomas, Lead Process Engineering at Phillips 66 Company. “The E-Knowledge Commons will provide the facilities and atmosphere necessary to encourage student collaboration while fostering individual student development. Team work is an important quality that Phillips 66 values and this project offers a great fit for Phillips 66 to invest in.”

The E-Knowledge Commons will be equipped with individual and group study areas to foster collaboration as well as private meeting rooms outfitted with state-of-the-art computer and video conferencing systems to enhance global interactions and learning. The space will also have two computer labs, laptop plug-in stations and modular furniture that can be moved to create an open space for lectures and other events.

The estimated cost of the project is $1.5 million. If you are interested in supporting the E-Knowledge Commons, visit the project’s website for more information and naming opportunities. Your support will help to give students easy access to cutting-edge technology as well as an inspiring space to meet, study and learn.

This generous gift towards the E-Knowledge Commons represents the Phillips 66 Company’s continued support of Penn State and the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering. Since the inception of Phillips 66 in 2012, the company has donated $400,000 in corporate sponsorships to Penn State and has hired 17 interns and 10 employees. For 2016, the company has seven interns and two full-time employees from Penn State slated to start working. In addition, Phillips 66 funds two mechanical engineering scholarships and sponsors the Engineering Ambassador’s program.

Penn State’s alumni and friends are invaluable partners in fulfilling the University’s land-grant mission of education, research and service. Private gifts from alumni and friends enrich the experiences of students both in and out of the classroom; expand the research and teaching capacity of our faculty; enhance the University’s ability to recruit and retain top students and faculty; and help to ensure that students from every economic background have access to a Penn State education. The University’s colleges and campuses are now enlisting the support of alumni and friends to advance a range of unit-specific initiatives.


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“Phillips 66 has been a longtime supporter of Penn State, and the E-Knowledge Commons project presented a great opportunity to further expand our support for the mechanical and nuclear engineering department.”


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The Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering at Penn State is one of the nation’s largest and most successful engineering departments. We serve more than 1,000 undergraduate students and more than 330 graduate students

We offer B.S. degrees in mechanical engineering and nuclear engineering as well as resident (M.S., Ph.D.) and online (M.S., M.Eng.) graduate degrees in nuclear engineering and mechanical engineering. MNE's strength is in offering hands-on experience in highly relevant research areas, such as energy, homeland security, biomedical devices, and transportation systems.

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