Discretionary funds for professors have multiple effects. These funds are vital to helping new faculty set up their laboratories and quickly become productive teachers and researchers. Discretionary funds will also allow our graduate students to participate in the most prestigious research conferencesâoften presenting their thesis work. Support for undergraduate students allows them participate in design projects through hands-on experiential learning in team settings and also supports student travel to aerospace competitions and conferences. Funds support innovations in teaching, provide equipment, facilities, and much more. The following funds exist to help provide this essential support for the Department:
Laboratory Equipment Fund
Funds will be used for departmental classroom/teaching labs including the purchase of new equipment technologies, replacement, maintenance, or repair, and computers and software to improve or enhance the delivery of instruction. .
Provide departmental support to promote graduate education and research.
Hangar Renovation Fund
Help us maintain the renovated Gary J. Balas Atrium (formerly the Akerman Hangar).
Class of 1943 Wind Tunnel Fund
Provide maintenance and upgrade support for the Wind Tunnel.
D. Akerman Memorial Fund
Support the instructional activities of the Senior Capstone Design Courses.
Help us meet the needs of the department by providing support for resources such as scholarships, equipment, student team projects and competitions, and special programs.