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Sidney Epstein Alumni Welcome Center

Mickey Kupperman, left, and Sidney Epstein
Mickey Kupperman, left, and Sidney Epstein

The Sidney Epstein Alumni Welcome Center will be located on the third floor of the new addition to the Hydrosystems Laboratory, near the entrance of the smart bridge. A gift by CEE alumnus Mickey Kupperman (BS 57, MS 58) and his wife, Janice, has fully funded this space in honor of Mickey’s 45-year career and 60-year friendship with Sidney Epstein (BS 43). Epstein (1923-2016) is remembered in Chicago for both his engineering accomplishments and his philanthropy. A. Epstein and Sons Inc. has been credited with pioneering the “design-build” concept of construction. The firm worked on such projects as the Federal Center and the Harold Washington Public Library, both in Chicago, and the Maine Montparnasse Tower in Paris. Epstein was elected a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers in 1959 and a Fellow of the Society of American Registered Architects in 1969. He was also co-founder, with Elliott Donnelley, of Chicago Youth Centers, Chicago’s largest private urban youth organization. This space is fully funded.

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