Giving back to the College of Engineering was the result of a number of things. My PhD advisor at Lehigh University, who was also the dean of the graduate school, paid for my trips to national and international engineering meetings. Those trips provided me with an eye-opening experience to see the extent of the world of engineering and greatly helped me appreciate what a wonderful opportunity he gave me to see that world firsthand. The Dick and Pat Moll Scholarship started several years ago in materials science and engineering was intended to do the same thing for materials science students.
I was also inspired by my admiration for the College of Engineering as a whole, particularly the leadership of Deans John Bollinger and Paul Peercy, the high national ranking of the college and the very impressive accomplishments of the faculty, particularly in the last 20 years. I’m glad I did not have to compete against these younger faculty members when I was hired as a faculty member in 1966 because I probably would not have been hired.
My annual gift to LeaderShape was the direct result of Ann Leahy from the University of Wisconsin Foundation. She knew of my interest in giving students financial assistance to help them become better professionals, which is exactly what LeaderShape is all about. The rest is history, and I will continue to support this wonderful opportunity for students.
Giving back to the college is my way of recognizing how prestigious it is today, both nationally and internationally, and by supporting the college, it hopefully will help it maintain and exceed its already outstanding reputation.
Richard Moll, Professor emeritus
Materials science and engineering, UW-Madison
Why I Give
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