The Engineering for Developing Communities Program started in 2003. Thanks to a generous gift from the Mortenson Family and M. A. Mortenson Company (see the press release) in 2009, the program's offerings expanded significantly and it grew into an education, research, and outreach center called the Mortenson Center in Engineering for Developing Communities (MCEDC). MCEDC is housed in the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Colorado Boulder.