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

Leo Kempel in a hallway

The college seeks more scholarships and endowed chairs as it hits Empower Extraordinary milestone 

The Michigan State University College of Engineering has reached its goal for the Empower Extraordinary capital campaign and continues to propel forward. "This is unprecedented support for our college and its students," said Engineering Dean Leo Kempel. "The college has surpassed its goal of $80 million more than a year early, thanks to our devoted alumni and friends. This campaign total doesn't mean we've reached an end," Kempel continued. "We still need more endowed faculty positions and we must continue to raise funds for undergraduate scholarships, but it is time for a collective cheer." 

Read more on the college's campaign success here

John Koza

Historic $12.7 million gift headed to MSU College of Engineering and BEACON Center

The Michigan State University College of Engineering has received its largest individual gift in the history of the college. 

A $10.7 million bequest from a California entrepreneur joins a previous cash gift of $2 million, bringing his total giving to $12.7 million to support the college and the BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action, one of the National Science Foundation's Science and Technology Centers. The commitment is from computer scientist John R. Koza, who is considered the "father of genetic programming."

Read more on this landmark gift of $12.7 million here

The Engineering building in autumn

MSU receives $5 million commitment for engineering scholarships

A graduate of Michigan State University, whose only hope of completing his college education in the 1960s was a scholarship, is paying it forward with a $5.3 million gift to the College of Engineering. The donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, will use cash and estate planning to commit $5.3 million to an endowed College of Engineering scholarship.

Read more on this $5.3 million commitment for scholarships here 

Joe ('81) and Laurie ('81) Thorp

Joe ('81) and Laurie ('81) Thorp commit $1 million toward the undergraduate experience 

Joseph M. Thorp ('81, mechanical engineering) and Laurie Thorp ('81, horticulture) firmly believe in the value of the land grant mission and its transformative impact on students and the world. They have committed to a $1 million future gift in support of undergraduate education, split between the MSU Colleges of Natural Science and Engineering. They will also provide cash gifts annually to support undergraduate students.

Read more on the Thorps gift here 

John R. Dorgan in a lab

The right chemistry to power the future 

John R. Dorgan is one of the newest endowed chair holders at Michigan State University. An expert in polymeric materials and a nationally recognized leader in developing composite materials for manufacturing, he is the first David L. and Denise M. Lamp Endowed Chair in Chemical Engineering at MSU. Dorgan came to MSU from the Colorado School of Mines, where he guided a successful effort to organize C2B2 — an industry-sponsored research center involving four institutions.

Read more on this new endowed chair here 

Ginther Grad Fellowship

Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering (CMSE) receives its first graduate fellowship endowment

Michigan State University has announced a $500,000 graduate fellowship endowment to the Department of Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering (CMSE)—the first in the department—from MSU alumnus Raymond Ginther and his wife. The gift will establish the Raymond P. and Marie M. Ginther Graduate Fellowship Endowment, which will provide academic and research support to recruit one or more exceptional graduate students each year.

Read more on this investment in CMSE here


Tenneco Ribboncutting

Tenneco provides nearly $300,000 in support for the CoRe Experience 

Tenneco, a global supplier of Clean Air and Ride Performance technologies, is partnering with Michigan State University College of Engineering's CoRe Experience program, designed to engage first-year engineering students in experiential learning opportunities inside and outside of the classroom. 

Read more on Tenneco's support of CoRe here


Consumers Energy sign

Consumers Energy Foundation invests $250,000 in CoRe first-year engineering experience

The Consumers Energy Foundation, a long-time supporter of the CoRe Experience first-year engineering program at Michigan State University, is contributing $250,000 to continue their support of the next generation of engineering and computer science students. The donation was announced March 15. MSU's CoRe Experience is an integrated living-learning community in the MSU College of Engineering that prepares engineering students through activities that range from academic classes, to team building, strengthening interview skills, and fun seasonal celebrations.

Read more on this gift to CoRe here 

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