The inventor of Gore-Tex gifted the University of Minnesota $10 million to help expand the chemical engineering building on campus, which the university announced on Wednesday, the Star Tribune said.
Robert Gore earned his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the university in 1963, the Star Tribune said. His donation will contribute to the 40,000-square-foot addition to the Amundson Hall, which is home of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, the Star Tribune said.
After graduating from the university, Gore invented the Gore-Tex, which is a waterproof and breathable fabric constructed from polytetrafluoroethylene, the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal said.
The construction for the building is scheduled to start in 2013 and be finished by mid-2014, the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal said. The new expansion will allow the department to expand the undergraduate graduating class from 120 to 200 students, the Star Tribune said.
"This building addition comes just in the nick of time to help us accommodate what is a very important new and exciting field," Professor Frank Bates, chair of the department, said to the Star Tribune.
A ceremony for the building will be held Friday afternoon where university President Eric Kaler, who also earned his Ph.D. in chemical engineering, will be speaking.