I have benefited tremendously from the College of Engineering, starting with the quality of education I received when I was a student there. I was very well prepared when I started my first job after graduation. That preparation has continued to help me through my professional career. The financial aid in the form of scholarships and fellowships was essential for me to stay in the college to obtain my three degrees. Finally, the friendships I have developed with my fellow students and with the college’s faculty have stayed with me throughout my life. I still have research collaborations with some of them after all these years.
Training the next generation of engineers and scientists to carry out innovative research in science and technology (S&T) is absolutely necessary for the future prosperity and security of this nation. Our universities’ ability to train future S&T leaders has been greatly hampered by the lack of long-term investments by the private sector and the government, which has been going on for some time. We cannot allow this situation to continue, as the consequences will be that the United States will no longer be a world leader in S&T, and our future generations’ standard of living will decline. For this reason, all of us should play a part in helping our universities. It has always been important and it is even more so now with the poor financial health of the state government leading to a drastic cutback in educational funding and the decline of private sector donations because of the economic downturn. With such a vast number of alumni, we should be able to step up as a group to make up the difference. The challenge is find an effective way to communicate to the alumni the seriousness of the situation.
Vincent Sik-Hung Chan, BSECE ’72, MSECE ’73, PhDECE ’75
Energy and electromagnetic systems group division director of theory and computational science
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