Making an Impact:  Philanthropic Funding Priorities & Objectives 2010-2014

There are many important strategic areas within the School of Mechanical Engineering which require a diverse funding base and today more than ever we rely on private and corporate philanthropic sources to continue our tradition of success. 

Many of these needs provide opportunities to forever link you or your family to Purdue Mechanical Engineering, while providing an important model of giving back for other alumni, industry partners, and  students who someday will become our next generation of supporters.  There are giving options for every budget and interest.  Pledges are payable over a 5-year period, or gifts can be provided through a deferred gift to the School of Mechanical Engineering. 

Please contact Travis Stoutenborough: 765-494-9769, trstoutenborough@prf.org, in the ME Development office for more information or to discuss your how you envision your annual or legacy gifts making an impact in the School.

 

Unrestricted / School-wide Initiatives

Unrestricted Gifts  --  Annual goal - $500,000

The School of Mechanical Engineering requires approximately $500,000 each year in unrestricted gift funds to maintain normal operations.  An engineering degree is among the most expensive to provide because of the need for many laboratories and low student-to-faculty ratios.  The cost of operating the School of Mechanical Engineering is approximately $11 million per year yet income from tuition, differential fees, and the state still leaves a deficit of $2.5 million.  We count on unrestricted gifts to cover $500,000 of that deficit each year.  (The remaining $2 million needed to bridge the funding gap comes from endowment income and annual gifts restricted to specific uses.)  Cash gifts to our unrestricted fund allow our Head of the School the flexibility to use the funds where they are needed most in any given year.  Additionally, minimum endowments of $25,000 or more can ensure your annual support will be provided in perpetuity.   

 

Curriculum Improvement  --  Annual goal - $25,000

To keep pace with the rapidly-changing environment, our curriculum is in constant need of review and revision.  Innovative teaching methods (like the rollercoaster course or freeform classrooms that utilize hybrid textbooks, course blogs, and interactive multimedia content with traditional lecture) need to be developed and piloted.  Annual gifts will help us continue to improve our curriculum, additionally, gifts funded through a minimum endowment of $25,000 or more will carry the name of the donor in perpetuity. 

 

ME Diversity Enhancement Initiatives  --  Annual goal - $100,000

To have our student body and faculty more representative of the population as a whole, we need to develop programs to recruit and retain more women and under-represented minorities into our student body and faculty.  To develop long term programs to address this issue will require faculty and staff time and travel.  Annual gifts and/or endowments will help us support these activities.

 

Gifts-in-Kind to Support Various Programs  --  4-year goal - $10,000,000

Many companies can provide materials, equipment, software, discounts, etc. in lieu of cash to support our various programs.  Gifts-in-kind of various types and amounts play an important role in supporting our research and educational opportunities.  Please call the ME development office to discuss your potential gift-in-kind.

 

Named Experts in Residence or Endowed Lecture Series  --  Annual goal - $20,000

A company or an individual can sponsor an expert (typically a well-known faculty member from another university) to be the “named” Expert in Residence for one week.  This expert will make presentations to undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty members on a topic that may be suggested by the donor.  A maximum of one professor per semester will be engaged.  A gift of $10,000 will provide transportation, accommodations, and an honorarium for the expert and the programs promoted during the course of this exchange will be named for the donor that provides the gift.  An endowment of $250,000 would provide a named opportunity in perpetuity.

 

Name Purdue’s School of Mechanical Engineering  --  $25,000,000-$50,000,000

The School of Mechanical Engineering can be named for a gift that will fundamentally transform the School.  The amount of such a gift is an endowment that would generate unrestricted income in the amount equal to 10% - 20% of the annual operating budget for the School.  Based on current conditions, an endowment of $25-50 million will be required and would require approval of the University President and Board of Trustees.

 

Student Support / Student Experience - Undergraduate

Undergraduate Scholarships  --  Annual goal - $1,500,000

The cost of a college education has been increasing faster than the rate of inflation for several decades.  Scholarships for students with financial need will help minimize the debt burden for our graduates.  Attracting and retaining the best students requires academic merit scholarships and this requires an additional $1 million per year.  Our long term goal is to have $50 million in endowed scholarship funds (we currently have $13.5 million.)  Annual scholarship gifts of $1,000 or more will carry the name of the donor when presented and those funded by a minimum endowment of $25,000 will carry the name of the donor in perpetuity.

 

Global Service Learning  --  Annual goal - $50,000

Global Service Learning projects conducted by ME students include the design of a water system for a town in Puerto Rico; a solar oven design project for Tanzania; an irrigation project in Africa; and several water purification projects in Africa.  These are generally capstone senior design projects and most often involve multidisciplinary teams.  Gift funds are used to support the cost of the project, faculty supervision, and travel.  Annual gifts of any size or an endowment of $25,000 or more are necessary to continue these programs.

 

International Experience  --  Annual goal - $250,000

As a result of our economic system migrating rapidly to a global economy and businesses operating internationally, it is becoming increasingly important for our graduates to leave Purdue with international engineering experience.  We currently have agreements with partner companies and universities to provide these experiences in China, India, Germany, and Mexico and are working to develop relationships in other countries including the Middle East and South Pacific.  Gifts to the International Experience fund help to keep student participation costs low and support the faculty time and travel to develop the university relationships and supervise the international experience.  30% of the ME students graduated in this year with a credit-bearing international engineering experience -- our goal is to bring this number to 80%.  Annual gifts of any size or an endowment of $25,000 or more are necessary to continue these programs.

 

Undergraduate Fluids Laboratory Support  --  Annual goal - $25,000

Every mechanical engineering student uses the fluids lab when taking ME-309.  It takes an average of $25,000 per year to maintain and upgrade equipment in the laboratory.  This support can be in the form of annual gifts of any size or through income from endowments of $25,000 or more.  The fluids laboratory can be named for an endowment of $500,000 and may be paid over a 5-year period or provided by a deferred gift.

 

Undergraduate Controls Laboratory Support  --  Annual goal - $25,000

Students in ME-475 use the controls lab.  It takes an average of $25,000 per year to maintain and upgrade equipment in the laboratory.   This support can be in the form of annual gifts and income from endowments of $25,000 or more.  The controls laboratory can be named for an endowment of $500,000 and may be paid over a 5-year period or provided by a deferred gift.

 

Heat Transfer Laboratory Support  --  Annual goal - $25,000

After students succeed with their grueling thermodynamics courses, they have the privilege of working in the heat transfer lab.   It takes an average of $25,000 per year to maintain and upgrade equipment in the laboratory.   This support can be in the form of annual gifts and income from endowments of $25,000 or more.  The heat transfer laboratory can be named for an endowment of $500,000 and may be paid over a 5-year period or provided by a deferred gift.

 

Measurements Laboratory Support  --  Annual goal - $25,000

Students in their 5th semester of Mechanical Engineering spend time in the measurements laboratory.  It takes an average of $25,000 per year to maintain and upgrade equipment in the laboratory.   This support can be in the form of annual gifts and income from endowments of $25,000 or more.  The measurements laboratory can be named for an endowment of $500,000 and may be paid over a 5-year period or provided by a deferred gift.

 

Student Project Support  --  Annual goal - $25,000

Mechanical Engineering students participate in many projects throughout the year.  Examples include the SAE Mini-Baja and Formula race cars, Solar Car, Electric Vehicles, and the Rube Goldberg contest.  Although students do much of their own fundraising for these projects, they rarely are able to raise everything they need and the School attempts to assist in their efforts, when possible.  Annual gifts in any amount and endowments of $25,000 or more named for the donor in perpetuity will keep these programs growing.

 

ME-463 Senior Design Project Support & Innovation Fund  --  Annual goal - $25,000

ME-463 is a required senior capstone design course that requires students to work in teams to design and build a project in one semester.  This option is an ideal solution for companies that have “back burner” research and design projects that need to be done but keep being moved down the priority list because of more pressing issues.  Individuals have also sponsored projects of personal interest (for example, water projects in underdeveloped countries).  Meetings or telephone conferences with the appropriate faculty supervising these projects will be arranged on request.  Sponsoring an individual project with a specific objective during a semester by an industrial partner requires a commitment of $10,000 per semester.  Fund may also be supported by annual gifts in any amount and/or an endowment of $25,000 or more named for the donor in perpetuity.

 

SAE Student Organization Support  --  Annual goal - $10,000

Members of the Society of Automotive Engineers are students with an intense interest in automotive engineering and racing.  Student organizations require ongoing support to run their organizations, money to buy parts, build cars, recruit members, provide programming, and participate in racing events.  Annual gifts in any amount and/or endowments of $25,000 or more named for the donor in perpetuity will keep these programs growing.

 

ASME Student Organization Support  --  Annual goal - $10,000

Most ME students belong to the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.  ASME provides networking for the students and provides programs to help its members in many ways – interfacing with corporate recruiters, improving interviewing techniques, and building leadership skills.  Student organizations require ongoing support to run their organizations, recruit members, and provide programming.  Annual gifts in any amount and endowments of $25,000 or more named for the donor in perpetuity will keep these programs growing.

 

ME Ambassador Student Organization Support  --  Annual goal - $10,000

The ME Ambassadors is a group of junior and senior students that focuses on leadership skills and supports School activities.  Ambassadors provide tours for prospective students and help host student, alumni, and donor events.  Student organizations require ongoing support to run their organizations, recruit members, and provide programming.  Annual gifts in any amount and/or endowments of $25,000 or more named for the donor in perpetuity will keep these programs growing.

 

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows (SURF)  --  Annual goal - $50,000

Many students are motivated to enter graduate school and to pursue research careers by an undergraduate research experience.  The School must provide $2,000 for each student participating in the SURF program and that amount is matched by both the College of Engineering and faculty research funds.  Annual gifts of $2,000 will carry the name of the donor when the grant is presented to the student and those funded by an endowment of $25,000 or more will carry the name of the donor in perpetuity.

 

Undergraduate Innovation Programs  --  Annual goal - $25,000

Innovation is one of the cornerstones our country is built upon.  It is imperative that we inculcate the innovative and entrepreneurial spirits in our students throughout their experiences in higher education.  We currently have innovation award competitions for our senior design class students but need to expand the program to other classes.  Annual gifts in any amount or endowments at the $25,000 or higher level will help us to expand these opportunities into the sophomore, junior and graduate student programs.

 

Enhance Student Communication Skills  --  Annual goal - $100,000

Team work and cross-cultural communication is becoming increasingly important as the number of international companies increases and we move toward a global economy.  The amount of basic engineering knowledge that must be imparted to our students in a short time leaves little time for traditional communication courses.  Therefore, we have to place more emphasis on communication skills in our technical courses.  We are now contracting with writing faculty to grade student papers for grammar, spelling, sentence construction, etc.  Annual gifts in any amount and endowments of $25,000 or more will help expand this program to other courses.

 

Student Computer Lab Maintenance  --  Annual goal - $25,000

Computer labs become obsolete very quickly and software needs to be constantly upgraded.  The differential fees paid by engineering students helps to defray these costs but we need an additional $25,000 each year to keep pace with the technological changes.  Your annual gift in any amount or an endowment of $25,000 or more will keep our students learning with state-of-the-art technology.  Please talk with our ME development staff if you have interest in naming a Student Computer lab in ME through an endowment or deferred gift. 

 

Student Projects Facility  --  4-year goal - $5,000,000

Student projects are an important part of the educational process.  They teach teamwork, leadership, communication, time management, and other skills necessary for a successful career.  We do not have enough space for students to work on the increasing number of student projects in the School and within the College.  The School of Mechanical Engineering has a responsibility to help the College of Engineering raise the funds necessary to construct a student projects building to serve all engineering students.  Naming opportunities are being developed to recognize your capital campaign gift for opportunities at all giving levels.

 

Grand Challenge Design  --  Annual goal - $25,000

Our goal is to have an ongoing program that will have our undergraduate students working the Grand Challenges (such as energy and healthcare) throughout their academic career.  Mechanical engineering is involved in all of the Grand Challenge areas.  Detailed information on the specific projects is available upon request. We seek $25,000 annually through gifts and endowment income to support these projects. 

 

Student Support / Student Experience - Graduate

Graduate Aid, Assistantships, & Fellowships  --  Annual goal - $1,500,000

Research universities like Purdue have two primary functions – to educate and to uncover new discoveries.  Graduate students are critical to both of these functions.  Masters degree students develop a thorough understanding in a specific area of mechanical engineering which is beneficial to business and industry.  Some of the students acquiring an MSME will pursue a Ph.D. and discover new knowledge that can change the world.  Some of those will choose a career in academics where they can continue their research and teach the next generation of mechanical engineers.  Guided by a faculty member, graduate students actually perform most of the research at a university.  Competition among the top universities for the best graduate students is intense and to attract the best and the brightest we need to offer substantial financial aid packages.  This is especially the case for us to be competitive in attracting more graduate students that are U.S. citizens.  A full graduate fellowship requires an endowment of $1 million and a graduate assistantship requires the income from $500,000.  Graduate aid can be provided through annual gifts of $1,000 or more to carry the name of the donor for one year, or a minimum endowment of $25,000 can carry the name of the donor in perpetuity.   

 

OMEGA Graduate Student Organization Support  --  Annual goal - $10,000

OMEGA is the student organization for Mechanical Engineering graduate students.  The organization hosts seminars throughout the year and is a vehicle for networking with other graduate students.  Student organizations require ongoing support to run their organizations, recruit members, and provide programming.  Annual gifts in any amount and endowments of $25,000 or more named for the donor will keep these programs growing.

 

Outstanding Thesis Award  --  Annual goal - $10,000

When a graduate student defends their thesis, faculty members grade the presentation based on a rubric that meets accreditation standards.  These awards are presented to those students receiving the best scores by the evaluating faculty and provide a competitive atmosphere and incentive for students to excel.  Adding an outstanding thesis award to a resume can be very beneficial to the student as he/she seeks employment.  Annual gifts of $1,000 or more will carry the name of the donor for one year and those funded by endowments of $25,000 or more will carry the name of the donor in perpetuity.

 

Graduate Innovation Programs  --  Annual goal - $25,000

Innovation is one of the cornerstones our country is built upon.  It is imperative that we inculcate the innovative and entrepreneurial spirits in our students throughout their experiences in higher education.  We currently have innovation award competitions for our senior design class students but need to expand the program to other classes.  Annual gifts in any amount or endowments at the $25,000 or higher level will help us to expand these opportunities into the graduate student programs.

 

Faculty Support and Research

Named Professorships  --  4-year goal - $4,000,000

Named professorships are among the highest honor that can be granted to a faculty member and they are required to recruit and retain the top faculty.  Gifts may be paid over a period of years or may be included in the donor’s estate plan.  Named professorship chairs require a minimum endowment of $1,500,000 although $2,000,000 is preferred.  Distinguished Professorships can be named for gifts of $2,500,000 or more. 

 

Faculty “Key Action” Support  --  Annual goal - $100,000

The College of Engineering Strategic Plan focuses on 12 key action areas: Grand Challenge Design, Leadership, Global Scholars, System of Systems Institute, Research Galaxies, Innovation Ecosystems, Promotion and Tenure Evolution, Staff of 2020, New Faculty Learning Communities, Influencers in Residence, Diversity, and HUB-Empowered CyberReach.  Each school in the College of Engineering will be providing faculty to lead, or serve on, committees to implement these actions.  Gifts to this fund will support the faculty and staff working on these projects.  Gifts at any level may be designated to support the key action of the donor’s choice.

 

Faculty Innovation (Skunkworks)  --  Annual goal - $100,000

University research is very risk-averse and funding drives the research.  By the nature of research funding, faculty are largely limited to research projects that are funded because an outside entity needs an answer to a question.  This places great limitations on the faculty’s ability to pursue research that seems promising but for which there is no outside funding.  Funding our “Skunkworks” program will provide funding for faculty to research promising ideas that do not receive funding from other sources.  Annual gifts and endowments of $25,000 or more will support research that may result in the next great discovery.

 

Named Teaching Award  --  Annual goal - $2,000

Establish a named teaching award for the faculty member whose student evaluations are very good for three or more consecutive years and included courses at multiple levels (200, 300, level, etc.).  A teaching award serves as recognizing our faculty members who place a strong emphasis on the value of educating our engineers of the future.  This award may be funded through annual gifts of $2,000 or more that would carry the donor’s name for one year or through an endowment of $50,000 or more to carry the donor’s name in perpetuity.

 

Collaboration Support  --  Annual goal - $50,000

An increasing amount of research requires interdisciplinary collaboration.  Faculty and staff time, space and equipment are required to develop and coordinate collaborative programs.  Your annual gifts or endowed gift of $25,000 or more will help us to expand our collaboration both inside and outside of the Purdue campus.

 

System of Systems  --  Annual goal - $100,000

Large systems are comprised of many smaller systems.  A good example is the system for generating electrical power.  A wind farm is a system of turbines feeding the power grid which is itself a system.  So it is with solar panel systems, hydroelectric systems, coal and natural gas plants, and nuclear power plants.  All of these individual systems combine to make a system of systems.  Our challenge is to build a discipline that creates interdisciplinary collaborations connecting technical experts and practitioners with policy theorists and decision-makers.  Gifts of any amount to this fund will support the faculty and staff working on this extremely complex problem.

 

Facilities

Ray W. Herrick Laboratories Phase I  --  Goal - $5,000,000 still needed

Ray W. Herrick Laboratories Phase II  --  Goal - $10,000,000 still needed

Since its beginning in an old horse barn in 1958, Herrick Labs have been conducting interdisciplinary research in Heating, Ventilation, Air Condition, and Refrigeration (HVAC); Acoustics and Noise Control; Bioengineering; Combustion; Design; Heat Transfer; Fluid Mechanics and Propulsion; Manufacturing and Materials Processing;  and Systems Measurement and Controls.  Nanotechnology is now a part of many of these disciplines.  Phase I of Herrick Labs construction is being funded thus far with $11.75M of private gift funds and $11.75 from a National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) construction grant.  Construction is slated to begin in fall 2011.  Phase I construction includes the areas for thermal sciences, perception based engineering, HVAC, Sustainable Buildings Technology Laboratory (Living Lab), and engine test cells.  Phase II will include Acoustics, Vibrations, and Noise as well as building support services.  Please contact the ME development staff for a current listing of naming opportunities that are still available at all giving levels to leave your legacy in the Labs. 

 

Equip Herrick Labs Phase I & II  --  4-year goal - $5,000,000 still needed

The NIST grant funds, and therefore the funds used to match the grant, are restricted to be used for constructing the building, building infrastructure, and fixed equipment.  None of those funds can be used for furnishings or moveable research equipment.  Cash gifts or particularly Gifts-in-Kind for fixed or moveable equipment, software, and furnishings are being sought.  Detailed specifications are available and meetings with appropriate faculty to discuss specifics will be arranged upon request.

 

Herrick Labs Phase III: Round Barn (Pavilion) Renovation & Equipment  --  4-year goal - $5,000,000*

Herrick Laboratories has been granted the use of the Round Barn, located to the east of the existing Herrick Labs, for the relocation of the machine shops and other laboratory functions.  These renovations will need to be completed before the existing laboratory can be vacated.  *The estimate for renovating and bringing appropriate power to the facility is estimated at $4,000,000, with an additional $1 million needed to upgrade equipment during the move.  Naming opportunities for this project will soon be developed.

 

Zucrow Laboratories: Phase I and Phase II  --  Goal - $15,000,000* each               

The Maurice J. Zucrow Laboratories (formerly known as the jet propulsion lab) was established in 1946 as the finest university based propulsion center in the United States.  Headed by Maurice J. Zucrow, Purdue’s first Ph.D. recipient, the first building was constructed near the Purdue Airport in 1947.  The original buildings are still used for research in Aeromechanics and Propulsion; High Speed Compressors; Atomization and Sprays; and Energetic Materials Combustion.  Phase I construction will replace the existing ZL4 building and expand and renovate Chaffee Hall.  Phase II will be the renovation of all of the other Zucrow Lab buildings.  Since the state does not fund research facilities, these facilities will need to be funded fully with charitable gifts and, if available, federal construction grants.  *Planning is underway for the campaign to raise these funds and the first phases of the construction project will begin when funds become available.  Naming opportunities are in the process of being developed but will be plentiful for this future capital project.