Engineers supporting other engineers—it’s what you experienced as a BU student, and it’s an important part of being an alum. When you make a gift to the College, you help educate the next generation of engineers, to prepare them to confront the Grand Challenges and to seize the exceptional innovation opportunities that will shape billions of lives in the future.
Of all our funds, the Engineering Annual Fund has the broadest impact in the lives of students. Gifts allow undergraduates to work in research labs, travel and study in places like Dresden, Tel Aviv, Sydney, and Singapore, enter design competitions (we were one of just three U.S. schools to make the finals in the CSIDC), and gain hands-on experiences that give them an edge in our increasingly competitive world.
The ENG Fund: enhancing student quality of life
The ENG Fund has a major impact on students’ pre-professional learning opportunities, providing funding for programs, activities, clubs, and competitions that extend far beyond what tuition can provide. The Fund is the only source of unrestricted funds available to Dean Ken Lutchen, and he uses it to support student-enrichment activities such as the ones listed below.
Programs and activities supported by the ENG Fund
- The Summer Term Alumni Research Scholars (STARS) program, which provides a housing stipend for full-time undergraduates who are hired by a faculty member to assist with that faculty member’s research program during the summer.
- The Supplemental Undergraduate Research Funds (SURF) program, which encourages faculty to involve undergraduates in their research program during the academic year by providing matching funds for undergraduate students who are working on faculty-sponsored research.
- The BU FIRST (For Inspiration and Respect for Science and Technology) robotics team program, which provides space for and support to undergraduate engineering students who advise and assist the BU Academy FIRST team. BU hosts the Boston Regional FIRST competition each year at Agganis Arena.
- The BU Chapter of Engineers Without Borders, which is working to build The Hummingbird House, a community center providing a library, pharmacy, and art room to the village of Chirimoto, Peru.
- The BU Nano-Satellite program, a joint program between the College of Engineering, the Photonics Center, and the Center for Space Physics that funds teams of engineering undergraduates to compete in designing a nano-scale satellite for the Air Force.
- Undergraduate clubs, including the BU Society of Women Engineers (SWE), the Minority Engineers Society (MES), and the Society of Hispanic Engineers (SHPE), all of which have been able to send members to attend their national organizations’ annual conferences to engage and network with professional engineers.
- The Excellence in Engineering Book Awards, which provide a number of stipends to deserving students, to be spent at the BU bookstore for textbooks or other academic course materials.
- BU Mini Baja Team, which participated in the National Society of Automotive Engineers annual Mini Baja East competition where students design and build a vehicle that competes in a race inspired by the annual four-wheeler race.
- BU Rocket Club, whose members plan, design, construct, flight test, and launch a rocket, sometimes also developing and testing nascent engine technology.