It may be the season for giving, but New Mexico State University’s College of Engineering has been fortunate to receive generosity throughout the year.
Since January 2010, the college received gifts totaling $31,440,967. These donations will be used to support students and faculty across the College and include $578,780 in direct cash donations, $18,827 in corporate employee matching gifts and an in-kind donation of bundled software valued at $30,843,360 from Siemens PLM Software.
Each engineering department has benefited from the generosity of alumni and corporate contributions with gifts that support research, equipment, software, student scholarships and other college needs.
“The economic downturn has impacted funding available to support higher education across the nation. Engineering at NMSU has been fortunate that alumni and corporate partners have stepped up to ensure that our programs remain nationally competitive and relevant by providing opportunities for students and professors to grow on both a professional and personal level,” said Ricardo B. Jacquez, dean of the College of Engineering. “The growing support for scholarships has been especially helpful as students find themselves balancing a challenging curriculum with work and family demands on their time.
“These contributions are essential to ensure that students and professors are provided the necessary resources to continue the outstanding engineering program that NMSU is recognized for. It is important for donors to know that all gifts make an impact,” said Jacquez. “As the year ends and people are doing their tax planning, we hope they will consider supporting the college and our students.”