Once again thank you for your interest in supporting engineering education, research and programs at MSU. This section of the website outlines various gift opportunities and methods of giving available to you. We welcome you to explore these options and consider joining the College of Engineering's family of supporters.

The College of Engineering receives a great deal of its private support through annual donor campaigns, endowment funds, and special campaigns. In this section of the website you can explore the various annual donor campaigns (e.g. Corporate In-House Campaigns) as well as several special campaigns focused on new research facilities projects and the upcoming Capital Campaign. You can also explore the opportunity to support or established endowed funds to benefit the College. Endowment gifts allow the College of Engineering to provide continual funding to a specific program or project. The principal of these gifts is invested and a portion of the annual earnings is used for annual program support. Endowment income can provide stable, long-term funding for faculty positions, scholarships, and program enhancement.

Giving Stories

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$2.5 million to support chemical engineering

A $2.5 million gift from Dave and Denise Lamp of Dallas is supporting STEM scholarships and research in the MSU College of Engineering Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science. The gift was announced in March 2014.

The college will use $2 million to establish the David L. and Denise M. Lamp Endowed Chair in Chemical Engineering and direct the remaining $500,000 to enhance a scholarship fund previously created by the Lamp family.

"I credit a good deal of my professional and business success to my academic experience at Michigan State University," said David Lamp, who earned a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from MSU in 1980. "We are pleased to further the mission of the department and enhance excellence in the MSU College of Engineering."

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Google software engineer creates legacy at MSU

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Doug Zongker, a senior software engineer at Google made a $2 million commitment to benefit the Michigan State University College of Engineering in July 2014. The gift, established through an estate plan, will establish the first endowed chair of computer science at MSU.

"I wouldn't be where I am today without the tools and training that I got during my years at Michigan State University," Zongker said. "I am pleased to be in a position to be able to give back. This gift is a small way that I can help my industry and my alma mater stay in the forefront of technology advancement."

Zongker is from the Mountain View, Calif. He graduated from MSU in 1996 with a bachelor's degree in computer science.

Endowed professorships and chair positions are the highest level of faculty distinction. The support from an endowment provides a dependable, perpetual source of funding to support the position, as well as the ability to conduct research and scholarship as new opportunities arise.

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Photo of three people (L to R) Sarah Buchholz, Ray La Frey, Kathleen HaynesGiving back to advance engineering in Michigan

Two MSU College of Engineering students are already reaping the benefits of the Raymond R. La Frey Scholarship Fund. Sarah Bucholz, (left) a senior from Haslett, Mich., majoring in biosystems engineering, and Kathleen Haynes, (right) a junior from Dimondale, Mich., majoring in environmental engineering, were awarded the fund's first scholarships in the fall of 2013.

La Frey, who earned a bachelor's degree in 1961 and a master's degree in 1963 in electrical engineering, was inspired to set up the scholarship fund because of his successful engineering career. It included six years as an officer in the U.S. Army and 35 years at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory, where he helped develop advanced technology for the U.S. Department of Defense and the Federal Aviation Administration.

"I hope these scholarships will encourage more students to enter engineering fields, and I especially wanted them for residents of Michigan—where I was raised," La Frey explained. "I want to see Michigan regain the manufacturing leadership it had while I was a student; and bright, innovative engineers can help make that happen."

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Endowment strives to enhance research opportunities at MSU

Photo of John and Karen WordenJohn and Karen Worden have established an endowed research fund to develop know-how in key areas to attract industry attention and research connections.

John Worden used his degrees from the MSU College of Engineering for a successful career in materials engineering at two name-brand American companies. He earned two degrees in metallurgical engineering, a bachelor’s degree in 1963 and a master’s degree in 1965.

On the job, he saw the importance of research relationships between universities and businesses. Now he wants to help MSU strengthen its research role with businesses through the John and Karen Worden Endowed Research Fund.

"My interest in funding research through this endowment is to develop technology and know-how in key areas that will attract industrial attention and link-up with the research areas of MSU engineering professors," Worden explained.

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