What is the Engineering Annual Fund?
Programs and Activities Supported by the College of Engineering Annual Fund: Enhancing Student Opportunities to Excel
The Engineering Annual Fund is one of the few private sources of unrestricted funds available to Dean Ken Lutchen. It has brought him great satisfaction to use almost all of those monies to enhance student “quality of life” initiatives. This umbrella fund allows him to invest and stimulate a wide spectrum of specific programs and projects, including:
- The Summer Term Alumni Research Scholars (STARS) program provides a housing allowance for full-time undergraduates who are hired by a faculty member to assist with a research program during the summer months.
- 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 Chapter of “Engineers Without Borders” is currently working to improve health, economy, education, and living standards in Naluja, Zambia.
- The BU Nano-Satellite program is a joint program between the College of Engineering, Photonics, and the Center for Space Physics that funds teams of engineering undergraduates to design a nano-scale satellite that the Air Force will use.
- Undergraduate clubs, such as The BU Society of Women Engineers (SWE), the National Society of Black Engineers and The Society of Hispanic Engineers (SHPE) have been able to send members to attend their national organization’s annual conference.
- The Excellence in Engineering Book Awards which provide a number of stipends to deserving students in need to be spent at the B.U. bookstore for textbooks or other academic course materials.
- BU Mini Baja Team, which participates in the National Society of Automotive Engineers annual Mini Baja East competition. Students design and build a vehicle that competes in a race inspired by the annual Baja, CA four-wheeler race.
- BU Rocket Team whose members plan, design, construct, flight test and launch a rocket, helping to develop and test nascent engine technology.
- The BU Energy Club received support for a forum featuring leaders from industry, politics, and public policy in the clean energy area. The event allows student to interact with people directly shaping energy policy and technology.
Leading up to graduation, senior Ana Sofia Camacho (ENG’13) reflects on her years at BU, and how her family helped her stay strong through the challenges and triumphs of her time at the school of engineering.