The newly announced, Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society, will facilitate collaboration across disciplines and will offer an array of new and meaningful ways for MBA students to deepen their engagement with the energy industry and explore career opportunities related to this critical sector.
On Friday, Sept. 16, Dartmouth College announced the creation of the Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society, established to advance the understanding and knowledge of a resource that powers modern life and is directly related to society’s standard of living and success. The institute will prepare future generations of energy leaders and advance humanity’s understanding of the field, driving change in the intelligent production, supply, and use of energy.
For Tuck’s Revers Energy Initiative, founded in 2012 by Tuck Overseer Daniel Revers T’89, the institute will offer an array of new and meaningful ways for MBA students to deepen their engagement with the energy industry and explore career opportunities related to this critical sector.
“The opportunity that an integrated and cross-disciplinary institute for energy and society brings to Tuck students is transformative,” said Revers Energy Initiative Executive Director April Salas. “It will both complement and enhance student programming at the Revers Energy Initiative, and provide a physical space to foster collaboration across business, engineering, and the entire Dartmouth campus.”
True to its interdisciplinary focus, the institute will be situated between the Tuck School of Business and Thayer School of Engineering, placing it in proximity to cutting-edge activities at the two schools and creating a point of convergence for faculty and students who are engaged in issues related to energy and society. Its physical location in front of the Murdough Center adds a prominent new façade to Tuck Drive while providing Tuck and Thayer with opportunities to enhance their learning environments.
“Meeting the energy needs of the future is one of the most complex challenges we as a society face, and solving it will require an approach that is truly multidisciplinary,” said Dean Matthew J. Slaughter. “This new institute, which harnesses the strengths of the entire Dartmouth learning community, will be an engine for those solutions and play an invaluable role in educating future generations of leaders who aspire to better the world of business.”
Gifts of $113 million have been committed to name the institute in honor of energy industry leader Arthur L. Irving. Dartmouth aims to raise a total of $160 million to fund the institute. Irving Oil, the Arthur L. Irving Family Foundation, and Arthur L. Irving, his wife, Sandra Irving, and their daughter, Sarah Irving D’10, T’14 have made the lead gift of $80 million to launch the institute. The gift is the latest investment in Dartmouth programs by the family. Arthur and Sandra Irving have provided Dartmouth student scholarships and faculty support for more than a decade.
“This institute will put Dartmouth on the map for students looking to build a career in energy and will help shape tomorrow’s leaders in energy, equipping them with a well-rounded, holistic perspective, through cross-collaboration across Dartmouth’s various schools,” said Viveka Ranjitsinh T’17, who was among the speakers at an event Friday in Tuck Circle celebrating the announcement.
The full announcement can be found here.