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

Photo of Anil Jain$400,000 from a grateful former student launches the Anil K. Jain Endowed Graduate Fellowship

A $400,000 cash gift will honor one of the world's foremost authorities on pattern recognition, computer vision, and biometric recognition with the creation of an endowed fund in his name at Michigan State University. The gift was announced June 1, 2015.

The Anil K. Jain Endowed Graduate Fellowship is an anonymous gift from an international businessman who was a visiting scholar in computer graphics and image processing in Jain's laboratory in the early 1980s. The fellowship fund will support doctoral-level research on pattern recognition, computer vision, and biometric recognition. The Department of Computer Science and Engineering will select the recipients of the Jain Fellowship.

Jain is a University Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at MSU, who has conducted trailblazing research in data clustering, fingerprint recognition and face recognition.

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Alum's $5 million bequest to benefit MSU Engineering

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A $5 million bequest commitment from a Kentucky couple will strengthen the Michigan State University College of Engineering's ability to coach, develop and educate the next generation of innovation leaders. The bequest was announced May 4, 2015.

The estate gift from Gary and Patricia Coffman is one of the largest donations ever given to MSU Engineering. It will establish the Gary A. and Patricia A. Coffman Endowed Scholarship/Fellowship, funds that will be split into an endowed scholarship/fellowship fund for talented, qualified students and a discretionary fund for the dean.

"One of the key things in the engineering field is to establish an environment for others to leverage their capabilities," he said. "As a leader, you are responsible for providing coaching and development for your employees to stretch and grow. It is my hope to impact students with this gift."

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Photo of Betty Shanahan and Bob NuberBetty Shanahan and Bob Nuber's estate gift will invest in entrepreneurship and diversity

A Chicago couple, who met in a calculus class at Michigan State University in the 1970s, have endowed a professorship to support entrepreneurship and diversity in the MSU College of Engineering. The commitment was announced Feb. 9, 2015.

The $1.3 million gift, established through their estate plan, creates the Bob Nuber and Betty Shanahan Endowed Professorship and supports Empower Extraordinary, the $1.5 billion campaign for MSU that publicly launched in October 2014.

Nuber, 1978 computer science and Honors College graduate, is managing director of digital technology for Tribune Publishing Co. Shanahan, who received her MSU degree in 1978 in electrical engineering, served as the executive director and CEO for the Society of Women Engineers for more than a decade and is regarded as one the country's key voices in support of diversity in engineering and industry.

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Nyquist $1 million commitment to create professorship in electromagnetics

Photo of Dr. Dennis P. NyquistA retired Michigan State University professor has made a $1 million commitment to benefit the MSU College of Engineering with a professorship in electromagnetics.

The gift is being established through an estate plan from Dennis P. Nyquist of East Lansing, a former faculty member and graduate of the MSU Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. It was announced Oct. 8, 2014.

"Both the college and ECE department were instrumental in my professional growth, so I am delighted to support MSU and advance electromagnetics with this gift," Nyquist said. "As a retired faculty member, I appreciate the value and prestige that endowed positions bring by attracting and retaining top quality faculty members to the college."

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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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