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Giving to AEM

Supporting AEM is a great way to help the department continue its tradition of excellence. Your gifts enhance our academic program, helped renovate the hangar, support our renowned faculty, and provide opportunities for our current and future undergraduate and graduate students.

Please consider making a gift in support of the following Department funds, or to learn about additional giving opportunities, please contact Kathy Peters-Martell at 612-626-8282 or

Rather mail your gift? Click here for the printable donation form.

Gifts to scholarships and fellowships help attract and retain some of the most promising students. To see what your contribution can do, see Dollars at Work.

Support for the Department

Department Program Support

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 conferences—often 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:

AEM 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. .

AEM Excellence Fund
Provide departmental support to promote graduate education and research.

AEM Hangar Renovation Fund
Help us maintain the renovated Gary J. Balas Atrium (formerly the Akerman Hangar).

Aeronautical Class of 1943 Wind Tunnel Fund
Provide maintenance and upgrade support for the Wind Tunnel.

John D. Akerman Memorial Fund
Support the instructional activities of the Senior Capstone Design Courses.

AEM Strategic Initiatives Fund
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.

Support for Students

Undergraduate Scholarships

The need for undergraduate student support never ceases. In addition to giving students the extra money and time they need to excel in their studies, scholarship programs help the university recruit top students. Your generous contribution will provide an annual award that will be directed to a worthy Aerospace undergraduate student.

AEM Alumni Scholarship Fund
Established by David Sippel, class of 1965 (BS), 1967 (MS), and 1970 (PhD), and his wife Donna, this fund supports new students with academic promise and demonstrated financial need.

Gary Balas Memorial Fund
Established in honor and memory of Professor Gary Balas, former Department Head, this fund helps provide support for a promising and deserving AEM student working in the area of controls and guidance systems

Richard G. Brasket Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics Scholarship
Established by Richard G. Brasket, class of 1957, this fund provides support to full-time undergraduate students with high academic promise, achievement, and demonstrated financial need.

Richard & Shirley DeLeo Scholarship & Engineering Fund
Established by Richard DeLeo, class of 1946 (BS) and 1948 (MS), and his wife, Shirley, this fund provides scholarships to deserving students as well as discretionary funds for the Department.

Chester Gaskell Aeronautical Engineering Scholarship Fund
Established in memory of Chester Gaskell, class of 1939, this fund provides scholarships for high achieving students.

Lawrence E. Goodman Scholarship in Theoretical & Applied Mathematics
Named in honor of Lawrence Goodman, a former University professor, this fund provides a prize to a high achieving student in the field of theoretical and applied mathematics.

Eric W. Harslem Scholarship for Aerospace Engineering
Established by Eric W. Harslem, class of 1939, this fund provides support for bright and talented aerospace students.

John & Robert McCollom Memorial Scholarship
Established in honor of twin brothers John and Robert McCollom, class of 1942 and World War II veterans, this fund provides scholarship assistance to promising aerospace students.

Richard D. & Wyona R. Bartsch AEM Scholarship
Per the Donor's estate documents the fund shall be used: "for Aero Engineering Scholarships for 3rd year students".

Glenn E. Bowie Scholarship
To support full-time undergraduate students enrolled at CSE working toward a degree in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics (AEM), who are able to demonstrate academic merit and financial need.

Louis R. & Dona S. Wagner Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics Scholarship
Recipients of this award will be upper division AEM majors with academic promise and demonstrated financial need. Preference is for transfer students. Awarding will be the responsibility of the AEM department scholarship selection committee.

Graduate Fellowships

Graduate fellowships help to encourage more undergraduate students to pursue more advanced degrees. Top quality graduate students are important to faculty recruiting, our research program, and the future of engineering education. Your contribution will be used to attract and retain quality graduate students in the department.

John D. Akerman Fellowship Fund
Named in honor of John D. Akerman, the first AEM Department head, this fund provides support for full-time graduate students in good academic standing that show promise in the field.

Kenneth G. & Rosemary R. Anderson Fellowship
Established by Kenneth G. Anderson, class of 1948, and his wife Rosemary, this fund provides fellowship support to graduate students in the Department.

Gary Balas Memorial Fund
Established in honor and memory of Professor Gary Balas, former Department Head, this fund helps provide support for a promising and deserving AEM student working in the area of controls and guidance systems

John A. & Jane Dunning Copper Fellowship in Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics
Established by John Copper, class of 1957, this fund provides support to aerospace students with an outstanding academic record.

Robert L. Schultz Fellowship
Named in honor of Robert L. Schultz, class of 1960 (BS) and 1962 (MS), this fund provides support for graduate students over a period of two years.

Swaminathan & Garg AEM Fellowship
Established by the Swaminathan and Garg Foundation in recognition of Dr. Sanjay Garg, class of 1982, this fund provides support for students who demonstrate financial need and academic merit.

Peter J. Torvik Fellowship Fund
Established by Peter J. Torvik, class of 1960 (BS), 1962 (MS), and 1965 (PhD), this fund provides fellowship support for graduate students in the department.

Support for Faculty

Department Faculty Support

Benefactors can support faculty excellence at various levels:

Endowed Chair - $2.5 million minimum endowment: Recognizes faculty members who are among the most distinguished in the world, and have made path-breaking contributions to their field.

Endowed Professorship - $1.5 million minimum endowment: Helps the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics recruit and retain exceptional faculty members of the highest potential.

Term Professorship - $1.5 million minimum endowment: Provides a named chair and research support across a minimum of three years to outstanding junior faculty and assistant professors.

Faculty Fellowship - $500,000 minimum endowment or $25,000 minimum annually for 5 years: Provides funding to bring prominent scholars or other leaders to campus on a short-term, temporary basis to teach or undertake research.  

To contribute contact: Kathy Peters-Martell
Senior External Relations Officer

Faculty Research

AEM Department Research Support
These unrestricted gifts will be used to support general research for faculty.

To make a gift to an AEM faculty member, please click here and add the professor's name under the "special instructions" portion of the gift options section of the giving webpage.

Our current faculty members can be found here.

Last Modified: 2018-07-09 at 14:46:41 -- this is in International Standard Date and Time Notation