Giving to the College
“Private support helps provide a world-class education for our future engineering leaders and creates new opportunities for research and discovery as we move boldly into the future. Your investments in our college make a difference locally and globally.”
W. Samuel Easterling
James L. and Katherine S. Melsa Dean of Engineering
The cost of furthering students’ education is ever-increasing, thus making scholarships essential in enabling students to attend Iowa State University’s College of Engineering. Student support is greatly valued and ensures students will have access to a plethora of knowledge, organizations, and activities that will help them excel in the classroom, while building the skills, character, and confidence they will utilize for years to come. Our students are dedicated to becoming the next generation of engineers and with your support will help prepare them for meaningful work and a lifetime of service following graduation.
Named faculty positions established with private support are enabling the university to secure its position as a top institution by attracting and retaining world-class professors and researchers. These named faculty positions provide both recognition for outstanding faculty and flexible funds that can be used to support research, teaching, graduate students and other key areas. As universities and the private industry compete for the best talent, we must continually work to also retain the extraordinary faculty and researchers already in place.
Programs and collaborative centers provide unique opportunities to mesh education, research, and outreach. The ISU College of Engineering will launch new programs while also enhancing existing programs that provide critical services and resources for our students. Private gifts support key programs, including student clubs and organizations, technology development, entrepreneurial activities, study abroad and undergraduate research experiences.
There is a direct correlation between state-of-the-art facilities, premier faculty and students, and revolutionary research. When these factors are brought together amazing things can happen. Support in this area can assist with building new facilities, such as the new Therkildsen Industrial Engineering building, additions to tight spaces like the Town Engineering Building, or renovations to outdated areas to create more student study space or research labs for faculty and staff.