Sparking Technological Innovation in Michigan, and for the World
“American ingenuity” was the phrase that defined our nation in the 20th century, when Michigan became the hub of economic development fueled by technological innovation. The Michigan State University College of Engineering helped power the rise of our state by engaging in research that resulted in practical solutions to our most pressing challenges while educating problem solvers for the future. Today, we are committed to being the catalyst for Michigan’s growth as an international center of technological innovation.
The College of Engineering seeks to raise $80.0 million in the Empower Extraordinary campaign. We will achieve this goal with a mix of endowment and annual funds.
To date we have raised $88.3 million, but more private support is needed to achieve our full potential and propel this great university forward.
Stephen Bates Senior Director of Constituency Programs firstname.lastname@example.org (517) 355-8339
“Technology is at the core of how we experience life in the 21st century and the transformational changes in the world have happened at a rapid pace, especially in recent decades. Our job is not just to prepare students to ride the wave of change, but to actually cause that wave to occur.”
The field of engineering embodies the problem-solving, practical land-grant mission of MSU. Our college has admitted generations of young men and women, given them a top-flight engineering education, and watched them succeed all over the U.S. and the world. Their work has transformed entire industries, including ones that did not exist when they graduated.
The center of the college’s creative enterprise is our faculty. To maintain and elevate the high level of talent and achievement, we seek to recruit as well as retain men and women who are on the cutting edge of discovery, the foremost in their fields-or who are well on their way to becoming so. We expect our academic leaders to assemble research teams of the most accomplished graduate students, and work collaboratively to create new knowledge. We demand talented teachers who can educate and encourage undergraduates, and who can also inspire younger students to enter the field of engineering.
One of the big challenges that we as a society are addressing is sustainability. Today, half of the world’s inhabitants live in urban areas. Cities such as Mumbai or Karachi already have populations approaching 15 million—and are growing daily. By 2050, 70 percent of people on earth will be city dwellers, creating serious issues in water and air quality, and food supply.
When potential new faculty members, undergraduate students, or graduate students visit the College of Engineering, they already know our great reputation and that of our faculty leaders. They come to campus to see our facilities and the places in which they will be working and learning. We seek to enhance and modernize the undergraduate teaching laboratories as well as the research laboratories beyond what we can do through research grants.