Longtime School of Engineering Dean Elmer Easton (1948-1974) was known for his commitment and dedication to student success so it is a fitting tribute that the new engineering student "touch down" space has been named in his honor. The Elmer C. Easton Engineering Student Hub, located in the Fiber Optics building and auditorium, was recently renovated as a gathering space for students to study, collaborate, and relax. Comfortable chairs are gathered around coffee tables along with a combination of high top and regular height tables and chairs, all designed to provide a student-focused space.
According to Farris, "Naming the space in Dean Easton's honor allows us to remember his contributions to the School of Engineering and his generosity to students through his support and establishment of the Elmer Easton Scholarship."
At a celebratory luncheon on December 9 hosted by School of Engineering Dean Tom Farris, faculty, students, friends, and neighbors gathered to remember Easton.
Easton died in June 2013 at the age of 103, leaving a legacy gift to the school of $1.25 million, dedicated to student scholarships.
Born on Dec. 23, 1909 in Newark, Easton attended Lehigh University earning both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering. He received a doctoral degree from Harvard University and was later conferred an honorary doctorate from Lehigh University. Prior to joining Rutgers, he served as the assistant dean of the faculty of the Graduate School of Engineering at Harvard University.
He was admired for his scientific abilities and visionary leadership. More than 4,000 students earned bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in engineering during his tenure at Rutgers. His high standards for teaching, research, and community engagement set the school on its path to excellence.