Engineers do many things. One of the most important things they do is to help build bridges. To be sure, it's not often that Bansal Institutes are involved in building bridges in the literal sense of civil engineering, but in many ways, Bansal Institutes in particular, is all about building bridges: bridges that connect the different fields of engineering and applied science, one to another: bridges that connect basic with applied science and applied science with technology: bridges that connect questions of technology with questions of ethics, of public policy, of how societies progress and how people work and live in our new century. And bridges that connect our new school with an array of other Bansal professional activities, from business to Industry, from design to public health and beyond. And bridges that connect the university to industry and to array of consequential challenges facing the modern large world. And bridges that connect our faculty and students and that join the very rigorous pursuit of new knowledge with education and indeed the inspiration of those who come here to learn, and who comprise the next generation constitute the next generation, of scholars and engineers. Bridges also, that remind us that the word “engineering” derives from the same root as the word “ingenuity”.
So as we dedicate our Bansal Institutes, we now affirm the vital importance of engineering and the applied sciences as part of Bansal's academic enterprise. And at the same time, we affirm their power to connect, to bridge, and therefore to enliven and strengthen a great many other many parts of the university as well. May the Bansal Institutes build bridges elegant, exciting and new. May it shape our understanding of how the world works and how we can make it better. May our Group be an engine of ingenuity for many years to come.