Santa Barbara, Calif. – May 24, 2006 – The once-generic Engineering I building has been renamed Harold Frank Hall in recognition of the generosity of Diana and Harold Frank, of Santa Barbara.
Harold Frank, an engineer, has been a great friend of UC Santa Barbara and a distinguished local business leader who built and headed Applied Magnetics for many years.
"We believe in the school and love having it here in Santa Barbara," said Diana Frank. "Harold met with much success in this town and we want to give back."
Matthew Tirrell, Richard A. Auhll Professor and Dean of the College of Engineering, said the faculty, students and staff are grateful for the Frank’s generosity and commitment. "The Franks are wonderful people who have a deep interest in supporting higher education and engineering and believe in the work we do," he said.
The 60,000 square foot, five-floor building was built in 1966 and houses the Dean’s office, the departments of Computer Science and Electrical Computer Engineering, research and teaching labs, classrooms, a lecture hall and conference rooms. The Frank’s gift will help renovate and update the building.
A small, private celebration with the donors is planned for today.
Released by Barbara Bronson Gray