In this issue of CUEngineering, you will read about the impact gifts—large and small—have in creating positive change. From alumni who make small annual contributions to our corporate partners who provide funding for the new biotech building, all donors help in Creating Futures at CU-Boulder’s College of Engineering and Applied Science.
Last fall, the University of Colorado publicly announced a $1.5 billion campaign, Creating Futures, to enhance CU’s four campuses on all fronts, and advance the economy, culture, and health of Colorado and the nation. Our donors invest in the people, places, and programs that compose CU’s areas of excellence and impact. Learning and Teaching initiatives that educate tomorrow’s leaders. Discovery and Innovation that expands what is possible. Community and Culture connections that make our towns and cities vibrant. Health and Wellness breakthroughs that lengthen and strengthen our lives.
Donors provide a crucial margin of excellence that equips the University of Colorado to turn ideas into action. They have made a positive impact on the College of Engineering and Applied Science in many different ways, just a few of which are highlighted below.
Rex (ElecEngr ’51, MS A&S ’70) and Bonnie (MBA ’84) Sheppard are frequently seen on the CU-Boulder campus as they cheer on the CU women’s basketball team and attend a football game or two each fall. Rex was a varsity wrestler while he was a student, and he and Bonnie enjoy showing their support of student-athletes. However, a recent gift they gave to the engineering Dean’s Fund for Excellence highlights another passion of theirs, supporting a first-class engineering education.
The couple gave a gift through a Charitable Gift Annuity, which gives them income while also providing funding for the college. Instead of directing their gift to a specific area, they are allowing the dean discretion in how to use it. “We trust the dean to decide how our gift can make the most impact, especially since flexible funding is in short supply,” Rex says.
United Launch Alliance in Centennial, Colorado, has supported senior and graduate student design projects in the aerospace engineering department for the last three years. One of the projects, dubbed HySOR, was aimed at designing and building a hybrid rocket motor, while another involves developing a payload separation and deployment system.
“United Launch Alliance is pleased to offer CU students these opportunities to bring together their course work, insights, creativity, and ideas to real-world aerospace applications,” says George Sowers, ULA’s vice president of business development. “Ever since we began operations, ULA has been focused on serving as a good corporate citizen and inspiring our next generation of engineers and rocket scientists.”
A strong belief in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering and a desire to give back to their alma mater prompted Sami Miro (CivEngr ’70), Dave Lewis (ArchEngr ’78), and Brad Buhler (ArchEngr ’88) to get behind a generous gift from S.A. Miro Inc.
The gift to the department Chair’s Excellence Fund is a “big vote of confidence in the work of our students, faculty, and staff,” says Chair Keith Molenaar. The support will be used for two main initiatives. Faculty will match the donation with personal gifts to renovate a collaborative graduate research space in the civil engineering wing of the Engineering Center. The gift also will be used to support a new IMPACT Scholar Internship program, which will send students to work on highprofile engineering projects, the first of which will be a Panama Canal expansion project this summer.
“This gift from S.A. Miro will allow us to recruit and retain the top engineering students from high school through graduate school,” Molenaar said.
For more information on supporting the College of Engineering and Applied Science, visit www.colorado.edu/engineering/giving or contact Julie Karbula at 303-492-7899.