Funding Priorities

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Student Support

Please note that through the end of 2019, The Grainger Foundation will match all donations up to $25 million to ISE EVS funds, making this an optimal time to double your support our for undergraduates.

Educating the brightest and the best engineering students requires an enormous investment, one that returns valuable dividends to ISE. In order to maintain our preeminence among leading institutions, we must offer competitive financial awards to incoming freshman, underclassman, and graduate students. Please visit STUDENT SUPPORT for more information.

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Infrastructure and Modernization

To provide the best environment and tools for learning and research, ISE seeks to enhance it physical plant and offer the very best instructional and research facilities on campus.  Top-notch facilities not only aid in the recruitment of the best students and faculty, they also provide the best possible resources for discovery and learning.  As we strive to restore our landmark Transportation Building, we look to enhance the department’s infrastructure in order to provide the best possible experience for our students and faculty. Please visit INFRASTRUCTURE AND MODERNIZATION for more information.

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Faculty Support

World-class faculty are critical to the success and future of ISE.  In order to attract and retain top faculty members, ISE must compete with peer institutions who not only offer competitive salaries, but start-up funding.  As ISE positions itself to be at the forefront of engineering innovations and global leadership, supporting our faculty members at a high level is paramount to our continued success. Please visit FACULTY SUPPORT for more information.

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Annual Support

The ISE Unrestricted Fund adds value to the student experience and allows the department to use funds where the need is most critical. As state funds continue to decrease, annual support is vital to providing operational support for the department. These resources help to cover the day to day costs of educating our students and allow our award-winning faculty to continue to conduct their world-changing research. Please visit ANNUAL SUPPORT for more information.

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Alumni Engagement

The time and talent of our alumni is a valuable resource that can immensely benefit our students, faculty and department.  There are numerous ways to provide support, stay connected and keep up-to-date with ISE activities and events. You can help us individually and encourage your company to partner with ISE. You can also provide mentorship and guidance to students and recruit from a pool of the top talent at Illinois. Please visit ALUMNI ENGAGEMENT for more information.

Engagement Opportunities

  • Attend alumni events
  • Recruit students to work/intern at your company
  • Host a dinner or networking party
  • Share your story through video or print
  • Partner with Illinois faculty/students in research
  • Attend Homecoming or Engineering Open House
  • Serve as an Engineer in Residence
  • Keep your contact information up to date
  • Connect through social media
  • Serve on a campus board

Please visit ALUMNI ENGAGEMENT for more information.