The generosity of our alumni and friends drives innovation in education and research.
All gifts to the department allow our students and faculty to fulfill their own dreams and make a positive impact on their lives. Your gift can support scholarships, fellowships, professorships, academic programs and faculty research. These and other initiatives are not typically supported through state appropriations. It is your generosity that empowers ISE to achieve excellence in our research, teaching and public engagement mission.
Ways to Give
There are many ways for you to make a gift to the ISE Department. We are happy to discuss any of the giving options in more detail and invite you to contact Mike Walsh: firstname.lastname@example.org or 919.515.7237 with your question.
ISE Enhancement Fund
The ISE Enhancement Fund addresses one of the department’s greatest needs, discretionary support. Every year we face the challenge of uncertain and shifting resources. Additionally, unanticipated opportunities arise that require swift action. Discretionary funds allow the Department Head to quickly respond to these opportunities and challenges. Over the last few years, these funds have supported:
- Senior design projects
- Awards recognition for students
- Staff and faculty
- New courses and programs
- And much more
Your generosity makes an immediate impact on a student’s educational experience and life as well as support the next exciting discovery in industrial engineering.
Your gift of $1,000 or more to the ISE Enhancement Fund will earn you membership in the Engineering Foundation’s Dean’s Circle. This is a comprehensive recognition society for all unrestricted gifts of $1,000 or more to the College of Engineering and its departments.
Invest in the Future
To continue to flourish an a department of research and higher education, we must supply a steady stream of innovative research and continue to inspire leaders who will achieve in an increasingly global workforce. Our vision of becoming a top-five program will help to achieve this broader goal. We seek your investment and participation in meeting our vision.
Gifts of Cash
Outright gifts of cash are the easiest and most direct way to make a gift. Cash gifts can be made simply by writing a check payable to NC State Engineering Foundation, Inc. Mail the check to the following address:
ISE Director of Development
NC State Engineering Foundation
Campus Box 7901
Raleigh, NC 27695
Be sure to include a note with your check that states the purpose of your gift. The gift can then be easily recorded and you will be issued a receipt for your tax records. For more ways to give outright, see the Engineering Foundation’s Outright Gift Options.
Fitts-Woolard Hall Fund
Fitts-Woolard Hall is the crucial next step in ISE’s move to Centennial Campus, providing critical infrastructure that allows faculty members and students to leverage the power of convergence across disciplines in an atmosphere unmatched anywhere in the nation.
Fundraising for the private funds needed to complete Fitts-Woolard Hall has been underway with excellent success. Our alumni and friends have pledged substantial leadership gifts in support of Fitts-Woolard Hall construction. However, the College still needs to raise about $40 million in private funds to reach its goal and fully fund Fitts-Woolard Hall.
For more information, go to our Fitts-Woolard Hall page.
Clarence L. Smith Endowment Fund
Clarence Smith joined ISE in 1978 and served in a variety of roles throughout his 32 years with the department. To honor his outstanding service we invite alumni and friends to make a gift that will provide a high quality, affordable education for our students.
To learn more about Clarence’s career and his passion for working with our students, see Clarence L. Smith.
To view Clarence’s Distinguished Alumnus Award acceptance speech, watch the video: Distinguished Alumnus – Clarence Smith.
Elmaghraby Global OR Fund
Dr. Salah Elmaghraby spent close to 50 years as a professor at NC State. It was his inquisitive mind as well as his fierce pursuit of knowledge and intellectual debate that struck anyone he met. More than his many academic titles and awards, his commitment to his family, students, colleagues, and the institution of learning was what distinguished him from many others.
To learn more about Dr. Elmaghraby’s career and his passion for working with our students, see Elmaghraby Global OR Fund.
How will the funds be used? The Elmaghraby Global OR Fund will support exploratory research between the students/faculty of the OR Program and international students/faculty. The funds may cover the travel expenses of international scholars visiting the OR faculty and the travel costs of OR faculty and students’ travel abroad. OR faculty will determine how the funds can best meet the needs of the program and keep alive the collaborative and global nature of Dr. Elmaghraby’s legacy.
Endowed professorships are the most important vehicle for recruiting and retaining talented research faculty. Endowments create funds that are used for salary support and research activities, including graduate assistants, equipment and course development. Through a matching program for distinguished professorships, the North Carolina General Assembly demonstrates its commitment to higher education and the importance that research faculty have on the state, its economy and the education of its citizens.
For more information about levels of endowed professorships, see NC State’s Engineering Foundation website: http://www.engr.ncsu.edu/foundation/priorities/index#one.
Graduate students are primary agents of innovation within research-intensive schools of engineering like ours. Private support is essential to succeeding in the intense competition for top graduate students. Many of these students innovate in ways that can boost North Carolina’s economy for years to come. The minimum level to endow a graduate fellowship, which will be named for the donor in perpetuity, is $300,000.
Merit- and Need-based Scholarships
Endowed scholarships provide donors with perhaps the greatest opportunity to make an impact on the greatest number of lives. These endowments are crucial to our ability to draw the best students from North Carolina and beyond into the College of Engineering, where their education will propel them to become the leaders of tomorrow. An endowment of $150,000 generates annual income roughly equivalent to a full year of tuition and fees. Endowments can be established for a minimum of $25,000.
Enhanced Academic Programs
Through its many academic programs, the department provides students with a wealth of opportunities to broaden their experiences. Donors can build new opportunities or greatly enhance existing programs to foster collaboration and team-building, and expose students and faculty to new and important ideas.
Michael Walsh is the Director of Development for the Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. He is responsible for managing major gift programs for the department. This includes working with the department head to develop and market private fundraising priorities, and managing alumni major gift prospects from the department. Mike has over five years of fundraising experience in both the higher education and health care fields. He is married to his wife, Emily, and they have a daughter, Melina.
Get to know Mike, see Welcome Mike Walsh.