Giving and Collaboration
The Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) department at The University of Texas (UT) at Austin has a number of strategic education and outreach goals that require funding beyond what is provided through students fees and public funding mechanisms. These initiatives ensure that ECE, a top ranked department, remains competitive and continues to provide a prominent talent pool and leading research results to industry and to academia.
How to Give
- When possible, unrestricted gifts are preferred in order to best meet the evolving priority needs of the department. Rest assured that proper stewardship of donor wishes for gifts is of paramount importance.
- When giving, please designate ECE as the recipient on the web form, on the check or in an attached letter of transmittal to ensure it is deposited correctly
Give by Check
Make check payable to "The University of Texas at Austin" with"Electrical and Computer Engineering Department" and the purpose (such as "unrestricted", "scholarship") on the check and/or in an attached letter of transmittal.
Mail check to:
The Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin
1 University Station C0803
Austin, TX 78712-0240
ATTN: Nancy Hatchett
Constantly innovate toward excellence in higher education by building a robust educational curriculum that provides practical experiences. This supports strong student recruitment and retention and ensures the development of well-rounded students who excel in academia and industry.
- New and refurbished lab space and equipment; funding level varies with lab needs
- Study abroad and exchange student enrichment programs and student travel expenses; $16K@ student
- Senior design projects; $10K@ project
Constantly drive innovation in research
- Faculty research areas; funding level varies with area of work and interest
Constantly drive innovation in education by recruiting and retaining top faculty talent
- Faculty Endowments, Professorships and Chairs; funding level varies
- Tenure track teaching endowments
- Non-tenure track needs such as new course development, career development, and professional conference expenses
- Endowed chairs are awarded to deans, department chairs, and superior faculty to enhance their scholarly efforts
- Undergraduate scholarships; annual $5K minimum
- Graduate fellowships; funding varies
- Student programs, organizations, and initiatives; funding varies
Provide programs to stimulate interest, recruitment and retention in Engineering STEM areas, specifically in Electrical and Computer Engineering
- Solar Car interdisciplinary team, the University of Texas Solar Vehicles Team (an ECE student organization), and a national competition program; funding ranges from $5K - $115K (to build a new car)
- Edison Lecture Series, a STEM Education Coalition program, provides educational outreach to public school students; up to $5K annually
- Summer Success Camp to improve proficiency in and preparation for ECE freshman courses; $65K - $110K
- IEEE student organization's endowment fund that "supports students by students"; up to $10K
- Operating expenses for the fledgling Women in ECE student organization (professional development and outreach activities); annual funding ranges from $5K - $10K
- Move Forward Program, designed to retain at-risk ECE students; 3 annual $5K incentive scholarships = $15K
- Tutoring program, designed to assist ECE undergraduate students by receiving tutoring from paid ECE grad students; up to $30K
- Solar Car project used as outreach to public school audiences, including at-risk populations (also see STEM initiative above); funding ranges from $5K - $115K (to build a new car)
Provide infrastructure resources to serve industry recruiting needs
- Founding membership in the ECE Connect industrial affiliates recruiting partnership program; $10 - $50K annually
Other types of giving
- Engineering Education and Research Center (EERC)
Name an ECE space or give anonymously to fund the new bricks and mortar symbol of engineering excellence
- Planned and Estate Giving
Leave legacy funding to ECE to support technology innovation for tomorrow. Smart philanthropy can advance great causes while minimizing tax burdens and maximizing current income and future inheritances to heirs. Explore the possibilities through UT's Office of Gift Planning.
- Memorial Funds and E-Tribute
Honor a loved one by establishing an ECE memorial fund or initiate an on-line eTribute memorial and share it with family and friends around the world.
- UT Annual Fund/CSE Friends of Alex
Direct your annual fund gift specifically to ECE and help protect the value of your degree by supporting the people and programs that make ECE a top ranked program.
- Non-monetary/In-kind gifts
Invest in non-monetary needs (equipment, products, technology, collections) to ensure ECE has the best equipment and products to support our work.
Benefits of Giving
ECE is pleased to offer special consideration for partners who support departmental initiatives. Options include:
- General Visibility and Recognition
Visibility options include: dedicated plaques for the lifespan of lab refurbishment and equipment; name and logo recognition on the solar car housed on the UT Austin campus and as it travels to national competitions; prominent and long-term recognition on the ECE web site and in ECE publications (feature articles, general recognition, and project newsletters); project promotion publicity on campus plasma screens; bulletin boards and display cases in the ENS student lounge and/or main lobby; and visibility during outreach activities, demos and lectures.
One-on-one relationships with students and faculty grow naturally from joint support of educational projects. These relationships are enriching, educational, and provide networking opportunities.
- Giving Society Benefits
By naming ECE as the beneficiary of a gift, a donor may also become a member of various university recognition programs.
- UT Littlefield Society membership honors donors whose gifts to all areas on campus total $25,000 or more, a pledge of $25,000 or more to be paid over five years, or a $50,000 minimum estate gift commitment.
- UT Texas Leadership Society membership honors donors who give through their estate or another type of future gift.
- Event invitations, recognition at events and in event publicity
- Chat with the Chair
- Tours of labs and hosted visits
- Complimentary lunch at O's Cafe
- Networking opportunities
- Complementary subscriptions to announcements and publication
- Tax deductions
- Free parking on campus when visiting UTCS
- ECE branded appreciation gifts
For specific information, contact:
Nancy P. Hatchett
Director of Industrial Relations
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Cockrell College of Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin