Alumni and Friends
Gifts from individuals, companies, and foundations provide the College of Engineering with the necessary resources to assure the vitality and growth of our educational and research programs.
Your gift may be designated to the Department or Fund of your choice with the confidence that it will be used for the purpose you intended. The College's giving opportunities are described below.
UNRESTRICTED ANNUAL SUPPORT
College and Departments
- The College of Engineering utilizes unrestricted funds to recruit outstanding faculty, enhance student activity, support research, and fund graduate students.
- The Departments of Chemical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Computer and Information Sciences, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and the Center for Composite Materials, utilize donated funds for undergraduate scholarships, graduate student fellowships, departmental symposia, guest lecturers, support for the senior design courses.
- The Strategic Initiative Fund is primarily used for start-up projects within the College, and to provide seed funding for strategic initiatives and to acquire state-of-the-art equipment.
Projects & Programs
Women in Engineering (WIE) exists to mentor and encourage the participation of women, an under-represented sector of students and faculty in the College of Engineering.
Resources to Insure Successful Engineers (RISE) is open to all interested students and seeks to provide a supportive atmosphere to assure academic success. The RISE programs serve a significant range of students domestically and abroad with particular focus on African American, Hispanic American, and Native American students. A professional staff provides mentoring assistance and, when needed, financial assistance for books and other expenses. Funds are often provided for tutoring and special academic advisement. RISE maintains a Student Advisory Council that ensures continuous improvement in workshops, mentoring, and tutoring efforts.
Undergraduate Scholarships provide tuition assistance to students who demonstrate exceptional merit based academic promise or financial need with specific criteria determined by the donor. The annual Honors Day program includes scholarships where the qualifying standard is a minimum 3.0 GPA.
Faculty & Student Awards are made in the form of cash to the recipient to recognize outstanding achievement, dedication, or spirit in the teaching and learning environment.
Academic Enrichment Awards are used to recruit outstanding students offered at the time of admission, and are usable at some point during the undergraduate experience.
Global Studies – students attain a global perspective in their area of study with a renowned faculty member during Winter Session.
Undergraduate Research – work with our esteemed faculty to solve challenging research problems.
Service-Based Learning – students participate in activities such as Engineers Without Borders that combine classroom concepts with real-world implications and social responsibility.
- Graduate Fellowships provide 9-month stipends of $22,500 for first-year graduate students, essential for the recruitment of top doctoral students. Fellowships are for the first two semesters of study, allowing selection of research focus; subsequently, students are paid through research grants.
- Junior Faculty Chairs provide an annual stipend of $50,000 that is used to recruit and retain talented young faculty. The stipend complements their compensation with funds for special research, speaking engagements, conferences, and publications.
- Endowed Chairs are highly prized by outstanding faculty because of their prestige and academic value. Presently 23% of faculty in the College hold named professorships. The Endowed Chair is a most coveted position with funds providing a portion of the professor’s annual expenses.
The University currently spends 4.0% of endowment earnings for needed priorities.
Facilities - (Timetable, priority and feasibility under discussion)
Interdisciplinary Science & Engineering Laboratory – (in progress) to accommodate expanded enrollment in the College, which is expected to increase by 50% by 2014. The building would house facilities for multidisciplinary research and problem-based learning instruction in the natural sciences and engineering. (Opening Fall 2013)
Information Technologies Building – (under consideration) to bring the Departments of Computer & Information Sciences and Electrical & Computer Engineering together under one roof to improve efficiency and synergy.
Engineering Academy Building – (under consideration) to serve as a gathering place for prospective students, current students, faculty, professionals, and engineering society members where research papers and materials are housed, career awards are posted, and meetings are held in a welcoming 24/7 setting.
- Pledges may be fulfilled through company assets, appreciated real property, publicly traded securities, and/or closely held stock.
- Actual naming and criteria are at the discretion of the donor in conjunction with the needs of the College.
- Commitments can be counted toward future Capital Campaign efforts.
- A written Letter of Intent would guide the agreement between the donor and the College of Engineering.
For more information, please contact:
Director of Development
(302) 831-7273 or firstname.lastname@example.org