und hess gift

Left to right: DeAnna Carlson Zink, CEO, UND Alumni Association & Foundation; Jack Dalrymple, N.D. Governor; Steve McNally, General Manager of North Dakota, Hess Corporation; Robert Kelley, President of the University of North Dakota and Hesham El-Rewini, Dean, UND College of Engineering & Mines. Photo courtesy of UND.

Hess Corp is donating $5 million to the University of North Dakota’s College of Engineering and Mines.

The University says it will be matched with $2.5 million from the North Dakota Higher Education Challenge Fund. Together the funds will help fund the college’s new Collaborative Energy Complex.

The gift from Hess is intended to advance UND’s Petroleum Engineering program. The program launched in 2010 with only four students. Today it has more than 250.

The complex will house several laboratories, including the Hess Innovation Lab, 3D Visualization and Reservoir Simulation Lab and Drilling Simulation Lab.

UND currently has pledges and commitments of $11.8 million toward the $15.5 million goal for the project.