Invest in the Success of Students, Faculty and Programs
Now more than ever, support from alumni, friends and corporate partners is critical for ensuring continued excellence in the UA Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Generous contributions not only support student scholarships, but also they fund important programs and help the department attract and retain prominent faculty.
To make a donation to UA Materials Science and Engineering, visit the UA Foundation’s giving page or see the College of Engineering’s giving options.
Alum Honors Mentor
John Rodgers earned his BS and MS in MSE back in 1972 and 1974 when the subject was still called metallurgical engineering. After years of working in industry and building his own company, he started the perpetual Thomas M. Morris Memorial Scholarship, in honor of Tom Morris, former head of the UA department of mining and metallurgy.Tom was a very caring department head and teacher, and he did a lot for me and for many others. I’m establishing the scholarship to pass on the opportunity he gave me.
Never Stop Learning
Alex Miles, BS MSE and optical sciences 2011, was a 2010 recipient of the College of Engineering Da Vinci Scholarship. He was first drawn to engineering in middle school when a guest speaker in science class told him about space travel. The key, he said was to go to the best university you can find, work hard and never stop learning.I did well with math and science, and I felt like I could use these skills to make a positive difference, to do things that wouldn’t otherwise be possible.
Lockheed Martin Funds Laboratory
A 2009 donation from Lockheed Martin of nearly $100,000 led to the creation of the Lockheed Martin Materials Testing Laboratory. Multicultural engineering program director Ray Umashankar said the lab would act as an incentive for students attending the UA’s summer engineering camps.It’s well known that the more exciting and relevant the engineering experience, the more likely it is that summer campers go on to study engineering in college.
Endowment Makes Grad School Possible
John Lombardi, MSE 1995 and PhD 1996, launched Ventana Research Corp. in 2001. Recognizing the value of a graduate degree, he helped establish the Next Generation of Engineering Professionals Endowment to support domestic students working to earn graduate degrees in engineering at the UA.If you want to perform materials science engineering research and serve on government-funded research efforts, a doctorate would seem to me a minimum requirement.