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Designing, Constructing, and Maintaining Our Environment

Your gifts directly impact the education of students today and the civil and environmental engineering breakthroughs of tomorrow. Monetary gifts go toward attracting world-class faculty, supporting the creation of new and innovative programs, maintaining advanced facilities and equipment, and funding opportunities for real-world application and experience. These elements are necessary to provide tomorrow’s civil and environmental engineers with the tools to create a sustainable future for all of us.

Ways to Give

Civil and Environmental Engineering Department

Gifts made directly to the department are unrestricted, giving the department the flexibility to support current priorities and respond to emerging opportunities that are not covered by other funds. All gifts, large or small, are important to the department.

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Endowed Practitioner Chair

Gifts made to the Endowed Practitioner Chair Fund allow the department to bring in practicing engineers to teach classes. The insights and industrial experience practitioners contribute to the department is highly valued by our faculty and students.

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Equipment for Undergraduate Laboratory Facilities

Laboratory facilities are a cornerstone of the department's curriculum. While other civil and environmental programs have moved away from lab experiences in recent years, we believe the lab component of the curriculum is critical and have placed even greater emphasis on maintaining well-equipped facilities. Our students gain hands-on experience in the lab, working with actual materials and performing experiments that reinforce concepts learned in the classroom. To continue developing civil and environmental engineers who have a deeper level of understanding, it is imperative that we replace and upgrade laboratory equipment. Your gift will help us keep the labs furnished with state-of-the-art, functional equipment.

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iDesign—International Senior Design

Newly redesigned in 2009, the Michigan Tech iDesign program builds off the heritage of the department’s International Senior Design (ISD) class that ran from 2000 to 2008. iDesign affords students a venue for participating in inspired, international, integrative community engineering design with partners in economically disadvantaged locations around the world. The program integrates sustainable, community-based design; field engineering needs analysis and measurements; and a full-scale design analysis on campus, followed by communication of the results to project partners. To date, over 200 civil and environmental engineering students have created sustainable solutions to pressing water, sanitation, transportation, and energy challenges. More than half of participants have been women.

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Transportation Enterprise

The Transportation Enterprise evolved from the Pavement Enterprise, which was established in 2000 through a generous gift from Bob and Ellen Thompson. The Enterprise has expanded its focus areas to include rail, bridge, and airport projects, while maintaining a strong foundation in pavements. The Enterprise Program gives teams of students the opportunity to work in a business-like setting to solve real-world engineering problems supplied by industry partners. Your gift will help fund a specific project and/or scholarships to support student leaders in the Transportation Enterprise.

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