Stein Family commits $5 Million to build Integrated Science Center at Hobart and William Smith Colleges
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Stein Family commits $5 Million to build Integrated Science Center at Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Mr. Stein with Professor Emeritus of Chemistry Kenneth Carle

Cleveland, OH – TransDigm’s President and CEO, Kevin M. Stein and his family have made a generous $5 million dollar commitment to Hobart and William Smith Colleges (HWS) to build a state-of-the-art science facility that will be the hub of scientific education.

Mr. Stein, who graduated from Hobart College in 1988, said “that studying math and science is like learning a language .  One that’s practical, pragmatic and teaches wonderful problem-solving skills. We are excited about the opportunity to expose more students to a topnotch science education in a liberal arts environment and encourage well-rounded practitioners of this wonderful language,”

Stein added “STEM fields were always a passion, but it was at HWS where I found the mentoring and close relationship with faculty members, advisors, deans and presidents that was instrumental in my career.  This inspired me to chase the challenges and keep learning new things.  At HWS, I had the opportunity to take classes in the sciences, music, history, literature, foreign languages, art history. It’s pretty awesome that I can give back to the institution that really molded me and gave me a sense of purpose and commitment to community.”

“Our faculty and students will benefit tremendously from the new science center and the Stein family’s support for the life-changing teaching, mentorship and research opportunities that take place at the Colleges,” Hobart and William Smith Colleges President Mark Gearan said. “In his professional success and his commitment to HWS, Kevin exemplifies the power of the liberal arts and sciences — from research and mentorship on campus, to a prestigious graduate program and career, to supporting our community and helping generations of students. We are thrilled to embark on this exciting project as this gift ignites our plans moving forward.”

As a student, Mr. Stein received the Jensen Memorial Research Grant through the Rochester Academy of Science and the Durfee Award, given annually to Hobart’s most outstanding graduate. He graduated with high Honors in chemistry and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and went on to earn his master’s in chemistry and Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry, both from Stanford University.

Mr. Stein joined TransDigm as Chief Operating Officer of the Power & Control Group businesses in 2014 and became President and Chief Operating Officer in 2016. He was appointed President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of TransDigm in 2018.

Photo credit: Andrew Wickenden

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