I have always appreciated the quality and value of the engineering education I received at UW-Madison and felt it was appropriate to do my part in supporting its availability to future generations of engineering students. My wife and I have contributed to funding the use of new technologies in the teaching of engineering subjects because we believe that use will be increasingly essential in the future, and the unrestricted pool of funds available to Dean Paul Peercy, because we understand the critical need for the dean to have access to such funds in addressing the current opportunities and challenges of the college.
I serve on the college’s Industrial Advisory Board and on that board’s development committee. The continuing reduction in state support of large public universities like UW-Madison at a time when the costs associated with providing a high-quality college education continue to rise means that 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. Since alumni of the college have benefited from their past access to a high-quality engineering education, it seems very appropriate that they share some of those benefits with the college to help insure its continued availability for future students.
John Berndt, BSECE ’63
Executive vice president of strategic initiatives
Thunderbird School of Global Management
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