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Melanie Zauel

Senior Director, Planned Giving & Leadership Gifts

Michigan Engineering
Office of Advancement
(734) 647-7093

2105 LEC


The Patrick C. Fischer Fund for Theoretical Computer Science was established in 2013 to support the study of theoretical computer science at Michigan Engineering’s Computer Science Department.

Reserved for a scholar of national and international acclaim, an endowed professorship is one of the highest honors the College can bestow on a member of its faculty. Within academia, endowed professorships are a coveted and widely recognized accolade, signaling a colleague at the top of his or her field.

In many ways, Michigan’s stature has become a double-edged sword. Its success has always depended on its ability to attract the best minds of each generation — both as teachers and as students. Due to its stellar reputation and ability to attract talent, Michigan has become a popular recruiting ground for other universities. Endowed professorships have become essential tools to express faculty members’ importance to both Michigan Engineering and University.

Other institutions have placed increased pressure on Michigan Engineering to hold on to its most sought-after faculty members. Presently, Michigan lags behind several of its peer institutions in the number of endowed engineering professorships it has available to award.

Michigan Engineering invites individuals, corporations and foundations to invest in the next generation of engineering education, research and technology transfer by providing resources to establish named endowed professorships.

Endowing a Legacy

A gift of $2.5 million, payable over one to five years, will name and endow a professorship. These funds will be used to underwrite partial compensatory expenses, as well as provide discretionary monies for research, travel and other activities. Once gift payments total $1.25 million, the professorship is available for appointment. To establish a named professorship, the donor, Michigan Engineering and the University sign an agreement specifying the donor’s intent, the gift payment schedule and criteria for selecting recipients.

By endowing a professorship, you are making it possible to grow one of Michigan Engineering’s most important resources — its people. You are sponsoring a scholar of international stature and recognizing a highly distinguished record of teaching, research and publication. Moreover, you are helping Michigan Engineering attract new teaching and research talent while allowing it to retain the exceptional faculty already at Michigan.

For Further information, Call the Office of Advancement at (734) 647-7042.