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

The college's development team members are (from left) Nicole Proctor-Kanyama, Stephen Bates, Shelly Jackson, Jennifer Jennings, Kaleigh Jaeger-Hale, and Marty Bailey.

Engineering campaign success - $110 million

Celebrating the close of MSU’s Empower Extraordinary Campaign - $1.7 billion

Almost 250,000 alumni and friends brought Michigan State University to a significant milestone: surging past the fundraising goal of $1.5 billion more than a year before the Empower Extraordinary campaign closed. While MSU is still accepting campaign gifts until Dec. 31, 2018, the campaign total currently sits at an extraordinary $1.7 billion.Thank you to the almost 8,500 alumni, friends and corporations that helped MSU Engineering reach new fundraising heights during Empower Extraordinary.

The MSU College of Engineering also reached its Empower Extraordinary campaign goal early – achieving its $80 million target by spring 2017. As the campaign close approaches, the college’s total is at $110 million (38 percent over goal).

“MSU stretched to new heights in fundraising impact, and the college followed suit,” Engineering Dean Leo Kempel said.

See more at: Empower Extraordinary - Engineering

“We secured 20 new endowed chair and professor agreements during this remarkable campaign. Our first year CoRe program has robust support from corporate partners, and we have raised record scholarship funds to help the next generation of Spartan Engineers. Seventeen donors made commitments for endowed positions as part of this campaign.”

Follow this link to read the full article about the College of Engineering's Extraordinary achievements.

Students (from left) Randi Dortch, Jezreel Wallace, Demarcus Gregory, and Shayna Evans, along with Diversity Programs Director Kyle Foster, chatted with Kasey Coleman and Kaleigh Jaeger-Hale at the Give Green Day table in the Engineering lobby on Nov. 27. The DPO endowed fund received $3,680 on Give Green Day.

Thank you - 113 donors

2018 Give Green Day raises $23,055 for Spartan Engineering

The Michigan State University College of Engineering received $23,055 from 113 gifts on #GiveGreenDay on Tuesday, Nov. 27.

Donations during the 24-hour national day of support will strengthen funds for Spartan Engineering students and programs, including $3,680 for the Diversity Programs Endowed Discretionary Fund.

More than 4,000 donors helped MSU set another #GiveGreenDay record, raising $739,348 in 24 hours – that’s up $150,000+ from last year.

Follow this link to read more about all of the wonderful donors who gave to the College of Engineering for Give Green Day.

Supporting mechanical engineering students

A gift from James Schmidt '71 advances innovation in the Manufacturing Teaching Laboratory 

A plaque recognizing the friendship of James A. Schmidt to the Michigan State University College of Engineering was unveiled on Sept. 10 during the dedication of the JASchmidt Manufacturing Teaching Laboratory in the Engineering Building.

Karen West joined James A. Schmidt '71 at the dedication of the JASchmidt Manufacturing Teaching Laboratory in the Engineering Building.

Schmidt, along with his partner Karen West, Engineering Dean Leo Kempel, and others gathered in the Engineering Building to reveal the nameplate that honors the 1971 mechanical engineering graduate and his gift of $250,000 making the lab possible. 

James Klausner, chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, spoke about the role of teaching in today’s manufacturing marketplace.

"Our students go into many diverse disciplines," Klausner said, "and so we want them to be thinking outside the box. Experiential learning is an important component of engineering education, and facilities like this encourage innovation. Your generous gift is used by our students both day and night. We really appreciate your support."

Follow this link to read the full article about James Schmidt's generous gift to the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

ECE endowed fellowship

Minnesota couple supports electrical and computer engineering at MSU 

A Minnesota couple known for helping students cultivate an interest in math and science has committed $750,000 to support graduate students in electrical and computer engineering at Michigan State University.

Paul and Ruth Bauhahn of Minnesota have supported graduate education in electrical and computer engineering with an estate gift. "Knowledge has become so complex and that’s why we want to support graduate education," Paul Bauhahn said.

Paul E. and Ruth E. Bauhahn of Fridley, Minn., are continuing their philanthropic efforts through a charitable bequest of $675,000 for the Bauhahn Fellowship in Electrical and Computer Engineering and another $75,000 for the MSU Electrical Engineering Discretionary Endowed Fund. The bequest recognizes MSU in the family’s estate plan. 

Paul Bauhahn said today’s job market requires workers with advanced skills. 

“That’s why we want to help with this fellowship in electrical and computer engineering,” he explained. “I feel there’s so much to learn because knowledge has become so complex and that’s why we want to support graduate education.” 

Ruth Bauhahn’s interest are at the intersection of electrical and computer engineering, and neuroscience. 

“I spent 25 years at Medtronic, where I worked in the development of products with an emphasis on the brain, tremors and Parkinson’s,” she noted. “I think the direction Michigan State is moving propels a solution for neuro-degenerative disease. Good graduate students will be able to advance those efforts.”

Follow this link to read more about the Bauhahn's endowed fellowship.

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