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Tang Center Provides jNew Education Space for Sloan

By Carina Fung

The Tang Center, the Sloan School of Management's new 45,000-square-foot, $12 million addition to Building E51, has opened for student use while construction is finished.

The center "has been designed to support the highest quality instruction and to provide the professional space in which students can best learn the practice of management and form and foster their career goals," said Jeffrey A. Barks, associate dean of the school.

With an increase in Sloan admission, the school required more space for students, including recruiting and interview rooms, an auditorium, and extra study space, Barks said.

Construction was on-budget at $12 million and took about two years.

The Tang Center is a very important improvement for the school, since this is the first time a Sloan building has been constructed to be completely devoted to education, Barks said.

Though the Tang Center is currently unfinished, the essentials of the building have been accessible by students since the beginning of the fall term.

There are three tiered, 100-seat, horseshoe-shaped classrooms on the top floor, built to facilitate discussion-style teaching.

The new 300-seat auditorium, the lobby, and the lounge will be finished in one to two months.

Rooms include cutting-edge tools

Classrooms contain state-of-the-art audio/visual and technical equipment, including computer networking at all seats, Barks said. Projection equipment displays computer images on classroom screens, which can be simultaneously used with blackboards.

Sixteen small meeting rooms on the second floor are for students to use for group projects, Barks said.

"Most of the new rooms that I've entered have been a big improvement in terms of comfort, modern A/V facilities, and ability to handle larger classes and guest speakers well," said Gregory K. Scott G, a Sloan student.

The Tang Center is connected to Buildings E40, E52, and E53 by existing bridges and directly connected to E51.

All Tang Center facilities can be used by Sloan and other MIT students, and many special events will be held in the newly built auditorium, Barkssaid.

Further improvements are necessary, including an increase in dining space, but no plans have been specifically formulated, Barks said.

The center is named after Jack C. Tang '49, the son of Ping Yuan Tang '23. The third generation of the Tang family graduated from the Institute with Martin Tang '72.

A prominent business leader in Hong Kong, Tang is currently a member of the MITCorporation Development Committee and the chairman of the MITClub of Hong Kong.

In addition to donating money to support the Tang Hall graduate dormitory and the Tang Center, the Tang family has established one of the largest undergraduate scholarship funds at the Institute.