The university officially renamed one of its historic engineering buildings in honor of James Dandeneau ’80, a longtime benefactor whose generosity spans everything from student scholarships to state-of-the-art equipment for engineering labs.
“Through his work and his philanthropy, Jim Dandeneau has made a lasting difference in thousands of lives,” Chancellor Jacquie Moloney said at the May 18 dedication ceremony, which was attended by more than 80 UML faculty, students and alumni, including many of Dandeneau’s Pi Lambda Phi fraternity brothers.
Dandeneau was also awarded an honorary degree at Commencement.
A graduate of UML’s plastics engineering program, Dandeneau is the founder, president and CEO of Putnam Plastics, a Connecticut-based plastics extrusion firm that produces catheter assemblies and other medical devices. He has fostered a stream of major technological advances in the industry.
Today, more than 280 Putnam employees produce an array of high-end components for the health care industry. Dandeneau Hall is part of UML’s North Campus Innovation District, which is dedicated to scientific research and development and business education in support of the region’s economy. Formerly known as Pasteur Hall, the 80-year-old building is now undergoing a major renovation with support from Dandeneau. It will serve as a new home for faculty from the mechanical engineering and computer science departments, and will also feature new robotics and computer labs.