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Annual Giving Impact Report

Annual Giving Impact Report 2020-2021: How your support made a difference

Filled with obstacles and opportunities, challenges and change, it was a year like no other in our lifetimes. Throughout it all, the College’s alumni and friends helped us to turn trials into triumphs. Your giving enabled wonderful successes. Thank you!

This year’s Impact Report shows just a few examples of how your support to our annual giving funds is benefiting our campus community.

Annual Giving Donor Report By The Numbers









Michigan Engineering Fund

When you give to the Michigan Engineering Fund (MEF) each year, you enable programs and services that make a difference for our community. During the last fiscal year, the Michigan Engineering Fund supported:



Student Programs & Experiences

At Michigan Engineering, students are encouraged to connect and participate in experiential learning opportunities that broaden their minds and hone their skills. MRover is just one team that benefited from your generosity.

The Michigan Mars Rover Team (MRover) test out their unit at the Wave Field near the Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Building on North Campus in Ann Arbor Michigan.
The Michigan Mars Rover Team (MRover) test out their unit at the Wave Field near the Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Building on North Campus.


The Michigan Mars Rover Team (MRover) is a student-run, multidisciplinary organization whose mission is to design and build a rover for the exploration of extraterrestrial environments. Its members range from first-year to graduate students, representing majors from the College of Engineering and the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. The team strives to inspire and educate students about space, Mars exploration, and engineering, and focuses on helping them grow as engineers.

“We would not have had the success we had without the help of funding from donors.

Because of COVID, funding from company sponsors was a bit lower than years prior, and we used every dollar we got.

To make up for lost time in the shop, we started our design process a bit earlier, and were forced to plan each day to maximize efficiency.

We ended up learning a lot about how we can improve our processes for the future.”

David Baek
BSE Mechanical Engineering ’21
Minor, Product Design
President, Michigan Mars Rover Team

Strategic Initiatives

Each year, the College identifies programs with the potential to make the greatest impact. Along with other initiatives across the College, MEF dollars were put to work in the Center for Socially Engaged Design (CSED).

Center for Socially Engaged Design (CSED)

CSED’s Innovation in Action competition gives students the opportunity to take on the world’s biggest challenges. This past year, the Aquaducks team, comprised of Vanessa Wolley (CEE), Rosalia Otaduy-Ramirez (CEE), and Tao Cai (MSE) met that challenge head on. They designed the Quality Water & Contamination Control Device (QWACC) that processes contaminated wastewater overflow before it enters the Huron River and impacts the environment.

Undergraduate Scholarships

More than $450,000 is awarded each year in need- and merit-based scholarships from the MEF and the MEF-Scholarships Fund.

Erika Jones
BSE Aerospace Engineering ’22

“As an out-of-state student, it is very difficult for me to cover the cost of tuition. The scholarship definitely relieved some financial stress, and made me feel seen within our large student body and recognized for my hard work.

I have deeply enjoyed the courses I’ve taken in aerospace engineering. In my Aerospace 205 course, we designed, built, and programmed the functionality of a hovercraft for our lab.

I was in an all-female group, and it was very empowering and motivating to be on a team where we uplifted each other in a field where women are underrepresented.

Thank you for your generosity. I admire your desire to support students who are in pursuit of their passions and may have financial struggles.”

Engineering Student Emergency Fund

The Engineering Student Emergency Fund was established during the COVID-19 pandemic to assist students with critical and immediate needs. This past fiscal year, you helped us to provide $337,510 in direct support to these students.



Kirtan Patel
BSE Computer Engineering ’24

“The financial assistance aided my family’s ability to pay for my education during the COVID-19 pandemic.

My family’s main source of income is a seasonal, tourist-driven motel business, and we took a large hit due to the pandemic. As a result, we were left in dismay as to how we were going to finance my education.

The fund has made a huge difference in my life as a student as it enabled me to focus on my studies rather than how to finance them.”

Thank you!

We gratefully recognize our annual giving donors who have given $3.6M during the 2020-2021 academic year. Your generosity helps us raise the bar of excellence in engineering education and innovation. Thank you for standing with us throughout an extraordinary year. You made a difference.