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Whether you are a recent graduate or earned your CU engineering degree many years ago, we hope you will become part of our valued family of supporters. You can make a difference in the lives of future students and help to solve some of the world’s important challenges through a gift to the college.

Support the Next Generation

Mike McAtee credits his CU engineering education for setting him on the path to a great career in the chemical industry. A 1984 chemical engineering graduate, McAtee is currently the head of engineering and maintenance for BASF’s North American operations, a business network that includes some 100 production sites across the region.

His brother, Dan, as well as his father, Dick, also received chemical engineering degrees at CU-Boulder. After graduating in 1988, Dan’s career led him to the head of Dyno Nobel’s North American business, while Dick’s 1962 degree launched him on a successful research career with Marathon Oil in Colorado.

So when Mike was approached by Dean Rob Davis — one of his former professors — to ask for his support of the new Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology Building, he saw it as an opportunity.  

“It’s nice to see the school have facilities that are continuing to advance with the industry,” he says about his family’s decision to create the McAtee Family Research Lab through a naming gift. “It’s a way to recognize the contribution the school has made to me and my family, and a way of supporting the next generation.”

Dick agrees: “I had been looking to give back somewhere, and my background in research made this a good fit,” he says.

Contact the advancement team for information about making a naming gift.

Expand Programs, Create Partnerships

A gift from CU-Boulder alumnus Dan Ivanoff and his wife, Laurie, is creating a new partnership between the engineering and business schools to benefit students. The gift supports a new construction and engineering management program within the MBA program in the Leeds School of Business and opens the door for graduate construction engineering and management students to take associated business classes. 

“Dan Ivanoff was educated in both business and engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder, and now he has given back so that future generations of students have the opportunity to receive an interdisciplinary education from two of the best programs in the nation,” said engineering Dean Robert H. Davis.

Ivanoff (MBA ’86, MS CivEngr ’87) leads a large real estate investment, development, and management company based in Seattle with properties throughout the western United States. As such, he is aware of the special skills involved in construction management and is keenly interested in better integrating business and engineering education.

We can help you find giving opportunities that reflect the values you cherish. Contact the advancement team.

Help Students Serve in Other Countries

The CU student chapter of Engineers Without Borders began working with a rural farming community in eastern Nepal to improve lifestyle and health conditions and to create potential income-generation opportunities for its people. The project allows students to apply their engineering know-how to assist developing communities, while the students in turn become more globally aware citizens and engineers.

In order to fund their goal of providing clean drinking water to Namsaling, Nepal, a group of students reached out to the Boulder community for support. With the help of a generous Boulder couple and several other members of the community, the dedicated EWB group raised more than $10,000 for the project by hosting a cultural dinner at the local couple’s home.

Contact the advancement team to support current students’ endeavors to make a difference in the world through the Engineers Without Borders program.

Honor a Loved One

The life and work of 1956 civil engineering alumnus David Austin will be remembered in perpetuity at the University of Colorado through a memorial scholarship for undergraduate engineering students. David’s wife, Mirie, contacted the engineering advancement team to establish a scholarship fund so friends and family could make a donation to the college for student scholarships in his memory.

After an initial seed gift from Martin/Martin Consulting Engineers, where David served many years as chief engineer, the tremendous outpouring from friends and family quickly escalated the scholarship into an endowment that will support students year after year. David is remembered as someone who always took time to help future engineering leaders, and with this scholarship, his impact on the CU community will never be forgotten.

If you would like to honor a friend, mentor, or loved one while helping to build the college’s long-term financial strength, contact the advancement team about creating a named endowment.

Stoke Your CU Passion

Dwight Ryland explored several majors at CU-Boulder before deciding to complete his degree in education. He tried architecture, business, and engineering, and ultimately decided that he loved history and wanted to become a teacher. He met his wife, Jessie, while teaching middle school in Rifle, Colorado, and the couple has now set up a graduate fellowship fund in the College of Engineering to support PhD candidates working on renewable and sustainable energy.

Dwight and Jessie are passionate about finding new sources of energy, and they love to learn about the latest technologies and research in this field. By making an annual contribution, as well as including the college in their estate plans, the Rylands are fueling a passion of theirs while making a difference in the lives of graduate students now and in the future.

Contact the advancement team for information about making a charitable bequest or putting the college in your will.

Take Your First Opportunity to Give Back

Katrina Moseley grew up in Denver as the child of two former CU Buffs, so it wasn’t hard for her to decide where to go to college. As a woman and underrepresented minority in engineering at CU-Boulder, she found community and scholarship support through the Multicultural Engineering Program and graduated in 2005 with a degree in chemical engineering.

Recognizing the profound impact that the MEP community had on her academic experience and her life in general, Katrina decided she wanted to give back to the program that had supported her. Upon receiving her first paycheck from Eli Lilly, she gave $1,000 to the MEP Scholarship Fund to benefit another student like herself.

Are you ready to make a difference for a CU engineering student like yourself? Contact the advancement team to get started.


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