Gül Kremer, Wilkinson Professor in Interdisciplinary Engineering, has been appointed to a new role that will oversee the project to build the Therkildsen Industrial Engineering Building, the new home for the department of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering (IMSE). Kremer formerly served as chair of the department from 2016 to 2021, and worked closely to develop the project with C.G. "Turk" and Joyce Therkildsen, who provided the $42 million lead gift for the new facility.
"This is a historic project made possible by the Therkildsen's extraordinary generosity, and I appreciate Gül's willingness to take on this new leadership role and work with the college and IMSE department to ensure the project's success," said President Wendy Wintersteen.
In her role as senior director of presidential projects, Kremer will oversee all aspects of the building project, including chairing the project's executive committee. She'll work with College of Engineering leadership and the ISU Foundation on further fundraising for the facility. As it is currently envisioned, the estimated $50 million facility will offer more than 50,000 square feet of space located southwest of Howe Hall and be designed to complement the current aesthetic of the university's engineering corridor.
"I am thrilled to lead this project and collaborate with President Wintersteen, Dean Easterling and the rest of the executive committee, and interim IMSE chair Sarah Ryan," Kremer said. "Together we will bring this transformational facility to life to continue building on the rising success of IMSE."
During her three-year appointment, Kremer will report to Wintersteen with an office in Beardshear Hall. She also continues as a professor in IMSE.