Growing for the Future
This year, the College awarded more than 1000 engineering and computer science degrees compared with 680 just 10 years ago. Meanwhile, the academic readiness of our entering students, measured by high school GPA and ACT scores, has steadily risen. College of Engineering graduates are a magnet for Utah’s high-tech companies and their 86,000 tech-related jobs. We can meet Utah’s demand for graduates who can compete and lead anywhere in the nation. More students than ever are choosing engineering and computer science majors, boosting enrollment to more than 5,490. To accommodate more students, with your help, we’re adding course sections and labs, strengthening academic advising, and hiring more faculty.
Matching Scholarship Challenge
We invite you to take advantage of the College of Engineering matching scholarship program. Last year’s challenge generated more than $1.7 million. All scholarship donations of $1,000 are matched dollar-for-dollar, and corporate matching gift programs can be used for additional leverage. Scholarships may be awarded in your name, or the name of someone you wish to honor. Adding your name to a scholarship tells students that they are receiving support from someone who was once just like them -- with the same hopes, dreams and challenges. And, it creates a culture of giving that will inspire them to give back in their turn. This way, your donation keeps on giving long into the future.
Meldrum Innovations Laboratory
We need your support for a new Innovations Lab for the Department of Chemical Engineering. This 2,300-square-foot “makerspace” features a state-of-the-art digitized equipment, 3-D printers, and laser cutters. The lab will provide an educational experience that will allow students to “design, build, prototype, experiment and observe.” A leadership gift from engineering alum and co-founder of Myriad Genetics, Peter Meldrum and his wife Catherine, will provide for construction and renovation of the existing space. Your gift can help buy the specialized equipment, furnishings, equipment, lab benches, and teaching technology. Donations to the project of $500 and more will be recognized on a permanent display near the entrance to the Innovations Lab. Individual naming opportunities are available and may be pledged over time.