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The University of Michigan (U-M) Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME) consistently ranks as one of the top ME departments in the United States. Each year the Department serves more than 1,000 students. As a result, we are expanding and transforming our instructional and research programs to make the Department a continued leader and model for 21st-century mechanical engineering education.
As part of the Victors for Michigan Campaign, the Department of Mechanical Engineering seeks philanthropic gifts to support the College of Engineering’s three key priorities – enhancing the student experience, contributing to entrepreneurship and economic development, and addressing societal imperatives. Your support will enable us to retain world-class faculty, produce cutting-edge research and train the next generation of leaders.
ME Victors Campaign Priorities
World-class faculty are critical to carrying out our mission of providing exceptional educational experiences and pushing the boundaries of research at all levels. Whether it be support for an endowed professorship or seed money for a faculty innovation fund, philanthropic gifts enable us to attract and retain the best and brightest faculty members from around the world.
The Student Experience
Graduate Student Support
Graduate students in the Department of Mechanical Engineering become some of the most promising researchers and academic pacesetters of the future. Financial support in the form of fellowship funds is critical for us to attract and retain the best graduate students to study at U-M ME. In addition, resources for graduate student awards, team projects, and symposia are essential for us to educate and enable our students for career advancements.
Students come to Michigan Mechanical Engineering for its outstanding academic reputation, legacy of impact, and enormous breadth of learning opportunities. Scholarship support allows students to take advantage of these benefits without accumulating large debt burdens. Freed from financial distractions, students are able to focus on their education with all the energy and attention this life-shaping endeavor deserves.
In addition to scholarship support, providing support for the student experience will enable us to offer innovative, hands-on learning opportunities, with an emphasis on creativity, research, an entrepreneurial mindset, intercultural intelligence, a collaborative spirit, social responsibility, and effective communication.
A Special Opportunity to Make an Impact on Students
The Michigan Matching Initiative for Student Support
To encourage donors to make gifts supporting students, the University has announced a matching gifts program. The Michigan Matching Initiative for Student Support will match gifts of $100,000 to $1 million for endowed scholarship or fellowship funds with the match providing $1 for every $4 gift. The University has created a pool of $25 million for the match. Gifts may be designated for new or existing endowments and may be designated to support scholarships on a university-wide basis or for a specific school or program, as long as the funds directly support students.
Gifts from individuals and family foundations are eligible for the match, or from groups of up to four donors who may pool their gifts. Pledges are payable over a maximum of 5 years. The maximum gift eligible for matching funds is $1 million.
Facilities & Equipment Support
Thanks to the support of the State of Michigan, the National Institute for Science and Technology, and many individual and corporate donors, the ME Department is pleased that a $46 million addition to the GG Brown Building will be completed in the Spring of 2014 and a $50 million major renovation of the current GG Brown Building will follow. The new addition will transform the research capabilities of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. This world-class facility is dedicated to enabling transformative research activities where core mechanical engineering intersects with emerging technologies. Upon completion of the new addition, the ME Department will begin a complete renovation of the existing G.G. Brown building that will create a state-of-the-art student-centric instructional space for our students, faculty and staff.
There are ongoing opportunities to make a gift to name a classroom, lab or office space in the new building or upcoming renovation. In addition, the ME Department seeks support for major laboratory equipment and a 21st Century Design and Prototyping Laboratory.
For more information on any of these opportunities or to be a part of the Victors Campaign please "GIVE ONLINE" or contact Allison Effler, Development Director for Planned Giving and the Michigan Region, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 734-764-8288.