Ben Chie Yen Library
During 35 years on the CEE at Illinois faculty, Professor Ben Chie Yen educated and inspired students who became civil and environmental engineering leaders around the world. He worked with Ven Te Chow, pioneering the investigation of hydrologic problems from the perspective of fluid mechanics and the development of computer models in the holistic modeling of watersheds. Yen’s contributions also include being one of the first researchers to work on urban storm water drainage. A library in the new addition will be named in honor of Yen, and will house a number of rare and historical books currently stored in CEE’s Water Resources Engineering and Science office area. These writings do not enjoy wide use, due to the department not having a protected area in which to display them and grant access. A library named for Ben Chie Yen would ensure that faculty and students gain secure access to these important hydraulic engineering texts as well as an appreciation for the contribution of one of the department’s most eminent educators. Additional funding is required to fully furnish this space.