Annual Giving Impact Report

2021-2022

Thank you to the donor community who made annual gifts to Michigan Engineering of $25,000 or less. Every gift was important and made a difference. Here’s how we put your generosity to work.

Your Philanthropic Impact
by the Numbers

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Our donor community is comprised of a wide variety of alumni
and friends from around the globe.

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Overhead view of students working on various projects in the Wilson Student Team Project Center

In 2022, donors made philanthropic gifts to 82 funds within the College of Engineering, creating wide-reaching opportunities for our students. The top five funds our donors supported include:

  • Michigan Engineering Fund
  • Michigan Engineering Fund – Scholarships
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering Fund
  • Mechanical Engineering Impact Fund
  • Engineering Student Critical Needs Fund

Michigan Engineering Fund

When you give to the Michigan Engineering Fund (MEF) each year, your support helps us continue the unmatched academic programs and student experiences that make us the Leaders & Best . During the last fiscal year, the MEF supported:

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Student Programs & Experiences

Our students are encouraged to connect with each other and participate in learning opportunities that broaden their experiences. Your generosity benefited many student teams and organizations, including the Electric Boat, the DEI Student Advisory Board and M-Heal MESA.

Biomedical Engineering Professor Zhen Xu and graduate student Tejaswi Worlikar work on a histotripsy ultrasound array transducer in Xu’s lab

Electric Boat

University of Michigan Electric Boat is a student team that designs, builds, and races an electric racing boat to compete in the Promoting Electronic Propulsion Competition, hosted by the American Society of Naval Engineers. Part of the team’s mission is to advance sustainable technology and promote its capabilities in this competition each summer. Through building a full-scale boat project, students can apply what they have learned in the classroom and improve their knowledge and skill set. Some challenges they face include designing and fabricating hydrofoils and propulsion pods for efficiency and high-speed performance, building an electrical system for high peak power output, and assembling a solar array. This past year, the MEF provided critical funds to purchase materials for their craft.

DEI Student Advisory Board

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Student Advisory Board (DEI SAB) includes both graduate and undergraduate students and has become a strong voice for input and action. The DEI SAB provides student feedback on the College’s DEI Strategic Plan and implements plans to create a more inclusive campus community. With support from the MEF, the DEI SAB hosted “EnginTalks: Embodying Equity-Centered Engineering.” This interactive event brought together faculty, staff and students for an evening of deeper learning and rich conversation. A panel of six STEM professionals shared how they apply an equity-centered approach in their work.

M-HEAL MESA Peru Trip

M-HEAL MESA’s mission is to make gynecological exams safer and more accessible for women in rural regions across the globe. MESA first visited Nicaragua in August 2010 for a needs assessment trip and visited several clinics focused on maternal health and education. Over the years, MESA has evolved into a multidisciplinary team and has built more than nine prototypes of the examination table. Their affordable, sanitary and portable examination table has reached 47 communities and more than 1000 examinations have been administered. MESA is now focusing on Latin America at large, with potential to scale to many global rural regions through partnerships. In late spring, the MEF helped fund MESA’s trip to Peru to conduct a new needs assessment and pursue information about problems in women’s healthcare.

Strategic Funding

Each year, the College identifies programs with the potential for the greatest impact. Along with other initiatives across the College, Michigan Engineering Fund dollars supported students in and operation of the Ford Motor Company Robotics Building Makerspace. The Makerspace officially opened for operations in November 2021, and it supports faculty research and graduate and undergraduate Robotics courses. In one of the new Robotics undergraduate courses, ROB311: How to Build Robots and Make Them Move, students built a Star Wars BB8-like robot with a basketball as the base.

The Makerspace also hosts the Autonomous Robotic Vehicle, Robotic Submarine, and Strength Augmenting Exoskeleton student project teams, and provides support to other student organizations. Faculty and students have access to a wide variety of fabrication tools and resources, with plans to soon add a semi-automated surface mount circuit board assembly line.

Mechanical Engineering graduate student Yves Nazon works on a Star Wars BB8-like robot in the Ford Motor Company Robotics Building
Students prepare samples and measurements in a lab in the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Biomedical Engineering Building.

Undergraduate Scholarships

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


I’ve always been inspired and motivated by the world’s great innovators, especially those who use technology to advance human development and improve the human condition. My main priority when deciding on which university to attend was to go somewhere where I could learn from the best and build the best technical foundation possible. I have a younger sister whose goals are just as big as mine, which requires my family to save enough money to support her as well. This scholarship is the reason I am able to be a student at the University of Michigan.”

Juan Esteban Vega
Aerospace Engineering, Class of 2025

Engineering Student
Critical Needs Fund

The Engineering Student Critical Needs Fund supports our students’ immediate needs. In 2022, we awarded more than $47,000 to these students.

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Portrait of Engineering Student Critical Needs Fund recipient Mahek Siwatch

“The Engineering Student Critical Needs Fund helped cover my summer rent. I’m now able to afford my final semester, which means I can work in a research lab for the next three months and build my portfolio for graduate school. I am really passionate about doing research, and I want to do it in an academic setting where I can build my skills and explore the most creative solutions to the world’s most challenging problems. Thank you for all your support of my endeavors; this funding has given me the opportunity to be bold about pursuing my passion.”

Mahek Siwatch
Chemical Engineering, Class of 2022

You make these transformative experiences possible.

Thank you!