"A love affair" is how Ileana Streinu, Charles N. Clark Professor of Computer Science, describes her relationship with Ford Hall. It is not just the state-of-the-art facilities that she loves, says the Romanian-born scholar recognized for her groundbreaking research in computational geometry, it is also the feel and the atmosphere. "There is so much light here," and the way the space is organized is "conducive to communication and collaboration."
Capitalizing on a four-decade legacy of leadership and innovation in science education, Ford Hall intentionally blurs the boundaries between traditional disciplines, creating an optimum environment for students and faculty to address key scientific and technological developments of our time. Both a structure and a symbol, the new home for the Picker Engineering Program, computer science, chemistry, biochemistry and molecular biology is a compelling, visible statement of Smith’s public identity as the women’s college with the strongest programs in science and engineering. Ford Hall is named in honor of the lead donor to the project, the Ford Motor Company Fund.