University of Wisconsin Madison College of Engineering

Giving to ECE

For those of you have contributed financially, our thanks on behalf of the entire department for the important service that you provide to our current and future students.

Your generosity has enabled us to subsidize the costs of textbooks, educational experience abroad, student conference travel, awards for best TAs and instructors, and need-based financial aid.

ECE: Make a gift online through University of Wisconsin Foundation

 

 

 

Gifts to the UW Foundation may be in the form of cash, appreciated securities, personal or real property. Pledges may be made over a period of years. Gifts to the UW Foundation are fully tax deductible.

For more information please contact:

Betsy Burns
Director of Development
Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Wisconsin-Madison
2422 Engineering Hall
1415 Engineering Drive
Madison, WI 53706
608/263-0400
betsy.burns@supportuw.org




UW-MADISON ENGINEERING
STUDENT FOUNDATION

The newly formed Engineering Student Foundation at UW-Madison is dedicated to building a greater awareness of the impact of giving on current students and recent graduates. Learn how philanthropy benefits students every day ... and get involved!

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Our 2014-2015 discretionary fund-raising priorities

Support area of greatest need—any amount is welcome

Support area of greatest need—any amount is welcome. Make a gift to UW Foundation via our secure online giving form.

These "unrestricted" gifts allow us to direct funding to where it's needed most, or to accomplish important work that doesn't necessarily fall within our standard operating budget. For example, we have used annual discretionary gifts to fund student community-building activities, to host gatherings that connect alumni with each other and with current faculty, to provide need-based support for students who wish to study abroad, among many other examples.

Purchase information technology supplies for faculty instructional innovation—$10,000

Purchase information technology supplies for faculty in support of instructional innovations—$10,000. Make a gift to the UW Foundation in support of this initiative via our secure online giving form.

The learning payoff from a lecture-based course carefully transformed to a “blended learning” or “flipped” instruction model is substantial. However, this transformation requires special software for recording lectures, digital tablets, and peripheral hardware and consumables such as printers, toner cartridges, paper, and so on. Support in this area enables more faculty to transform their courses—and ultimately yields improvements in teaching and learning within the department (see ECE Innovations) and, overall, at UW-Madison through the educational innovation and WisCEL initiatives.

Support two graduate student teaching fellows—$48,000

Support two graduate student teaching fellows to help faculty transform their courses during 2013-2014 academic year—$48,000. Make a gift to the UW Foundation in support of this initiative via our secure online giving form.

Teaching fellows support faculty efforts to develop and teach innovative, hands-on, or project-based courses. They help program computer-generated, graded practice and homework problem banks; edit and produce short, topic-focused, online video mini-lectures; and coach and tutor students in project-based lab or software development courses. This gift simultaneously supports an exceptional graduate student who works with a faculty mentor, provides that graduate-level teaching fellow with an exciting role (which looks great on a resume) in the department’s teaching enterprise, and benefits our undergraduate students through a superior learning experience. 

Endow a graduate student teaching fellowship—$1,400,000

Endow graduate student teaching fellowships—$1,400,000.

Teaching fellows support faculty efforts to develop and teach innovative, hands-on, or project-based courses. They help program computer-generated, graded practice and homework problem banks; edit and produce short, topic-focused, online video mini-lectures; and coach and tutor students in project-based lab or software development courses. This gift simultaneously supports an exceptional graduate student who works with a faculty mentor, provides that graduate-level teaching fellow with an exciting role (which looks great on a resume) in the department’s teaching enterprise, and benefits our undergraduate students through a superior learning experience. An endowed teaching fellow gift ensures we can sustain this type of opportunity into perpetuity.

If you are interested in providing support for this initiative, please contact our College of Engineering Director of Development, Betsy Burns, at betsy.burns@supportuw.org or (608) 263-0400.
 

Endow two ECE professorships—$6,000,000

Fully endow two ECE professorships—$6,000,000.

To recruit the world’s best faculty to teach our students and lead cutting-edge research on society’s biggest technological needs we must offer starting salaries competitive with offers from other highly ranked ECE departments across the nation. Meanwhile, our outstanding faculty are doing such a fantastic job that they persistently receive offers to leave UW-Madison and join other prestigious universities or industrial R&D groups. Endowed professorships that provide competitive salaries and discretionary research spending accounts help us retain our best faculty. A fully endowed professorship provides a salary and discretionary research expenses from interest earned on the principal—and does so at a rate equal to that offered at other top-ranked U.S. ECE departments.

If you are interested in providing support for this initiative, please contact our College of Engineering Director of Development, Betsy Burns, at betsy.burns@supportuw.org or (608) 263-0400.

 

WHY WE GIVE

ECE alumni describe their support of the College of Engineering.

  • The late Donald Cheney, an Eau Claire native, was critical to the growth of Finley Engineering, where he was a partner for 30 years.
  • Peter Tong contributed to the Student Leadership Auditorium and founded the Tong Biomedical Engineering Design awards and lecture series.
  • John Berndt — “UW-Madison in general, and the College of Engineering in particular, will need increasing support from private sources to remain both competitive and market-leading.”
  • Vincent Sik-Hung Chan — “Training the next generation of engineers and scientists ... is absolutely necessary for the future prosperity and security of this nation.”
  • Mark Henning — “It’s vital to our country’s future success that we continue to produce skilled, innovative engineers to drive our economy.”