The new 147,000-square-foot Seng-Liang Wang Hall, located just north of the Northwestern Avenue Parking Garage, provides laboratories, offices, conference rooms, and support facilities for the College of Engineering. The School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the primary tenant, occupies 40 percent of the innovative, multipurpose building.
To help provide new facilities for Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), Patrick Wang, (BSEE ’72, MSEE, ’72, HDR ’04) and his wife, Lucy, both of Hong Kong, contributed the lead gift to the building, naming it in honor of Patrick’s late father. “My father did not have the opportunity to finish high school, let alone college, but he toiled tirelessly so I and other members of my family could go to college in America,” said Patrick. What Seng-Liang may have lacked in formal education, he made up for in ingenuity, character, dedication, entrepreneurship, and a strong belief in the value of education. In 1959, he founded Johnson Electric in Hong Kong, which today is a growing multinational company for which Patrick now serves as chairman and chief executive officer.
Under Patrick’s leadership, Johnson Electric has evolved from a $2 million company best known for producing motors for high-end model racing cars, to a leader in motion subsystems, serving many industries including automotive, building automation, business machines, home technologies, health care, and power tools.
Patrick said he hopes that the building will afford students opportunities to flourish in ways that will contribute to a brighter future. “I was fortunate to be born to parents who were entrepreneurs. Their unwavering belief in me, and their mentorship, imbued in me a ‘can do’ attitude and a resilience to setbacks,” he said. “It is my wish that this building will be the place to nurture talents for professional excellence as well as entrepreneurship — so these things can make our world a better place for future generations.”