The IT-area and lecture room in the Multifunctional Academic Building of Ukrainian Catholic University has been named in memory of a generous donor and friend of UCU, Alex Stogryn. The ceremonial opening and dedication of the memorial plaque happened on 15 September 2023.

Priest blessing the area of the Applied Sciences Faculty.

Blessing of the area of the Applied Sciences Faculty

Alex Stogryn was born in Philadelphia on 18 April 1932 in the family of Natalie and John Stogryn. He received a B.A. in Physics from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Physics from Stanford University.

Alex Stogryn

Alex Stogryn

He enjoyed a successful career with Aerojet for over 30 years, where he worked on electromagnetic theory and the satellite technology that is employed in today’s satellites for sensors of the earth’s atmosphere. His work included eleven research papers and over four hundred citations. His interests included the study of microwave radiometry for atmospheric temperature and water vapor soundings, as well as the effects of scattering from rough surfaces and random bulk properties of media on brightness temperature. He was a member of the American Physical Society, Sigma Xi, and Phi Beta Kappa.

Mr. Stogryn passed to eternity on 14 September 2021.

Alex Stogryn faithfully supported Ukrainian Catholic University since 2004, contributing to UCU’s annual operational fund and providing scholarships and program support for the Applied Sciences Department. He left a significant legacy gift in his estate to advance UCU’s mission. As a sign of gratitude for his continued support, UCU named in his honor the area where a new generation of Ukrainian students will study.

A plaque dedicating the lecture hall to Alex Stogryn.

The team of the UCU Applied Sciences Faculty gathered for the ceremonial dedication of the area.

“We are sincerely grateful to Alex Stogryn for his many years of support of our faculty and university. His dedication to the cause of education not only inspires our team, but it also opens new possibilities for the growth of our students and professors. And we are especially glad that the educational areas of the Applied Sciences Faculty have been named in honor of a person who had great faith in the potential of Ukrainian education and Ukrainian Catholic University, especially in the context of the development of modern technology. This is an exceptionally valuable contribution to the future,” emphasized Oles Dobosevych, Dean of the UCU Applied Sciences Faculty.

A view of the lecture hall.

“Today we thank Alex Stogryn, who was a good benefactor of the university community. May our prayers and gratitude for his life and good works be immortalized through this memorial plaque. May this IT-area and lecture room be a memorial to his efforts for us all.” So said Fr. Nazariy Mysyakovskyi, head of the UCU Dean’s Office for Pastoral Matters, during the dedication.

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