"You achieved a level of success based upon what the university gave you. To a significant degree, you are what you took from the university. Now, give back so that others can follow you; build a legacy through your giving. Nothing you do will ever be as important from an engineering career standpoint."
- Tom Castino, BSME '60
Named Professorships and Chairs
Named professorships and chairs present a unique opportunity for donors to establish their own legacy. Endowed professorships and chairs enhance the educational environment and prestige of the department by attracting and retaining stellar scholars. Students, in turn, benefit from their association with top-notch faculty who are engaged in innovative and significant research and teaching.
MechSE currently has 14 endowed professorships and chairs. Those who have been honored with a named position have used the endowment to initiate new areas of research, to support graduate student work and provide them with opportunities for professional travel, and to bring visiting scholars to the department.
Laboratory Support and Naming
There are currently more than 50 labs in MechSE conducting education and research in such diverse areas as materials testing, automotive systems, fluid mechanics, micro- and nanoelectromechanical systems, energetic materials and much more. Corporate partners or individuals may get involved by sponsoring research projects or educational activities, or by donating state-of-the-art equipment. Naming opportunities also may exist where there is significant financial support.
The department also houses 9 research centers, most of which formalize corporate connections through center memberships. Members have input into the research directions pursued by a center and are in on the ground floor of potentially beneficial research breakthroughs.
Donations of equipment that supports the current education and research missions of MechSE are welcome. Such donations may be designated with a plaque or nameplate honoring the individual or corporate donor.
For more information on these giving opportunities, please contact Betsy Powers (epowers2illinois [dot] edu) or Lauren Dodge (ldodgeillinois [dot] edu).