The generous support of individual and corporate donors is critical to our success. Collaboration and partnerships among faculty, alumni and industry have been central to our long history of innovation and learning.
Whether you wish to make an annual gift, are considering an endowed gift or wish discuss your estate plans, we will strive to make your experience as rewarding as possible. Gifts of any size are welcome because they add up to make a tangible difference to people throughout the school.
These funds give Stanford Engineering departments the flexibility to pursue opportunities in ever-changing scientific, academic and funding environments. The discretionary income made available by the endowment will be used by each chair to advance the strategic goals of the department. For example, income can be used to recruit outstanding faculty, develop a new curriculum, seed academic entrepreneurship or purchase critical equipment.
Holders of endowed chairs represent the most distinguished scholars of their generation, combining inspirational scholarship and teaching with service to the School of Engineering and to Stanford. Stanford Engineering uses the endowment to generate income to guarantee the professor’s salary. This structure acknowledges the accomplishments of a deserving faculty member by honoring them with a named chair while freeing funds for other purposes, such as to attract top young faculty to Stanford.
Endowed faculty scholar funds honor some of Stanford Engineering’s most talented faculty, whose commitment to innovation is vital to fulfilling our mission to solve some of the world’s most pressing challenges. Faculty scholar appointments acknowledge the accomplishments of early career faculty and celebrate the great trust that Stanford has in their future.
The university’s mission of excellence in teaching, learning, and research is fully embodied in its graduate students. Fellowships are key to our ability to attract the most talented graduate students. The primary criteria for admission are superior academic achievement and a potential to contribute to the academic and professional communities. The competition, particularly at the PhD level, is intense, and only the top candidates in each department are admitted. Once admitted, the very best students are offered financial support that usually comprises a combination of tuition, stipend, and teaching or research assistantships.
A $1.2 million endowment provides annual income equal to a graduate student's annual tuition costs. A donor's gift of $800,000 will be matched by the school with $400,000. Fellowship gifts of $250,000 create endowments that provide partial annual support for an engineering graduate student.
One of our highest priorities at the School of Engineering is finding ways for even more of our extraordinary and diverse undergraduates to extend their studies to include an engineering master’s degree. Some 40 percent of Stanford Engineering undergraduate students currently pursue what is known as a coterminal, or “coterm,” degree. By staying an extra year at Stanford they receive their bachelor’s and master’s degrees simultaneously. Doing so enables students to increase their depth in the field of engineering and take full advantage of the many formal and informal learning opportunities at Stanford.
The major prepares students for careers in aircraft and spacecraft engineering, space exploration, air- and space-based telecommunication, autonomous systems, robotics, commercial space transportation, military service, and other technology-intensive fields.
View our Aeronautics and Astronautics Undergraduate Major opportunities (PDF).
Annual gifts are an opportunity for all alumni and friends to have a powerful and immediate impact on the student experience, fostering intellectual curiosity and groundbreaking research. Annual gifts are a key component to maintaining the remarkable quality of education that is the hallmark of Stanford Engineering.
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