Schiller Institute for Integrated Science and Society

Boston College’s new institute for integrated science, which will create a multi-disciplinary, collaborative research process to address critical societal issues in the areas of energy, health and the environment, has been named in honor of BC Trustee Phil Schiller ’82 and his wife, Kim Gassett-Schiller, through a multi-year lead gift totaling $25 million.

The Schiller Institute for Integrated Science and Society will be the centerpiece of a new 150,000 square-foot science facility scheduled for construction beginning in the spring of 2019 at a cost of roughly $150 million. The new building will represent the largest single investment in the sciences at Boston College. To date, more than $100 million has been raised for the facility and the institute.



Video: Watch Phil Schiller and Kim Gassett-Schiller talk about their vision for the Schiller Institute.

The new facility will feature office and laboratory space for researchers, including engineering faculty, and teaching laboratories that will include computer science robotics and data visualization space. Maker spaces will give students hands-on experiences in prototyping research, a clean room, and a collaboration commons.

The new facility will include space for BC’s Computer Science Department and Edmund H. Shea Jr. Center for Entrepreneurship, as well as classrooms for its core courses, all of which will foster faculty and student cooperation across departments and schools, strengthen teaching and research in the sciences, and enhance the University’s ability to advance the common good through research focused on pressing global problems.

By the Numbers


new faculty


s.f. science center to house Schiller Institute


construction beginning

$300 M

University investment in the sciences

Q & A


Boston College Vice Provost for Research and DeLuca Professor of Biology Thomas Chiles has played an central role in the work of faculty and administrators to take the idea of an institute dedicated to integrated science and make it a reality. He recently spoke about the role of the new institute at BC and shifting approaches to solving complex problems in science and society

Tom Chiles

Vice Provost for Research and DeLuca Professor of Biology Thomas Chiles

The institute’s focus on combining technology and the humanities and its commitment to collaboration and innovation as a defining principle is very exciting. This is where the best work comes from, as diverse minds with different experiences try to understand a problem together and solve things as a team. That is where big leaps forward happen.
BC Trustee Phil Schiller ’82, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, Apple Inc.