We are grateful to alumni and friends for their generous support of the School and its programs. Your continued support allows us to sustain and enhance the Schools reputation for educating chemical and biomolecular engineers who are highly sought after by industry, academia, and national laboratories. Please review the list of giving opportunities below and consider a gift that will support one or more of these initiatives.
Improving Undergraduate Education
- Modernize and Upgrade the Unit Operations Laboratory
The Unit Operations laboratory is a capstone course taken by all chemical and biomolecular engineering (CBE) students in the senior year. CBE alumni credit UO lab for honing technical writing, teamwork, and leadership skills important to their career successes in diverse fields. Key to the success of the UO lab experience is a good selection of experiments that produce reliable data.
Our efforts to modernize the laboratory are a high priority for sustaining the School’s reputation for excellence in educating students. Gifts in support of the UO lab modernization project can be earmarked to either of the following two funds: A current-use fund, which will support immediate upgrades of key experiments; and an endowment, which will support continuous improvement of the laboratory.
- Industrial Practitioner Program
Industrial Practitioners (IPs) are chemical engineers with considerable years of practical experience who return to Cornell to serve as lecturers. Since the mid 1990’s, CBE has benefited from continuous service of IPs in our capstone Chemical Process Design Course and Unit Operations laboratory.
Gifts in support of the IP program can be earmarked to either of the following two funds: A current-use fund, which will be used to hire two new IPs to transition to the retirement of our current pair of outstanding IPs; and an endowment, which will be used to provide continuous support for two full-time IPs. The transition period will allow for efficient sharing of best practices between the outgoing and incoming IPs and is an important component in our efforts to preserve the program.
Enhancing the Graduate Experience
- Graduate Fellowships
Attracting talented graduate students to the School is a key goal in our pursuit of excellence in research. It is also critical for enhancing the School’s reputation for educating students that are highly sought after by academia, industry, and national laboratories. Your gift will allow the School to meet its goal of providing competitive graduate fellowships to every first year graduate student.
- Teaching Immersion Fellowships for doctoral students
The goal of CBE’s teaching immersion fellowships is to facilitate the development of doctoral students committed to careers in academia. Gifts in support of these fellowships will be used to fund graduate students who serve as TAs in multiple courses.
- Graduate student research symposium
In 2010 CBE launched an annual graduate student research symposium in which advanced graduate students present talks and junior students present research posters to an audience of peers, faculty, and guests from industry. This naming opportunity will provide endowed funds to be used to continuously support the graduate student research symposium.
- Energy Economics and Engineering (EEE) M.Eng Fellowships
Our Energy Economics and Engineering Masters of Engineering concentration continues to provide a unique mechanism for preparing students with physical sciences and engineering backgrounds for careers in public policy, engineering management, and consulting. The high cost of matriculating in the program presents an insurmountable barrier to many talented applicants. Gifts will be used to provide named, competitive fellowships for select students pursuing the EEE Masters of Engineering concentration.
Attracting and Retaining Talented Faculty
- Endow a named chair in Biomolecular Engineering
Gifts to this fund will support salary and start-up costs for hiring a mid-career/senior faculty who will facilitate growth of Biomolecular Engineering.
- Endow a named chair in Energy Economics & Engineering
Gifts to this fund will support salary and start-up costs for a mid-career/senior faculty who will allow CBE to capitalize on the recent growth of EEE to create a new field of study.
- Director’s Fund
Gifts to the directors fund will allow the School to aggressively recruit and retain junior faculty stars and to provide seed-level support for new initiatives by students and faculty.
For more information on these or any other giving opportunities, please contact Hilary Diekow, CBE’s Alumni Affairs and Development Officer, at 607-254-6702 or email@example.com.