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The School of Engineering plays a prominent role in Brown’s efforts to translate groundbreaking research into real-world applications and solutions addressing societal problems. Through the BrownTogether Campaign, the School of Engineering aims to raise more than $184 million to support this work. This funding will allow us to maintain collaborative, forward-looking research spaces; hire new faculty in emerging engineering fields; expand our graduate programs in order to cultivate the next generation of trained professionals; and strengthen our already world-class undergraduate curriculum. Engineering has identified a set of funding priorities that is part of the University-wide Plan for Academic Enrichment.  

Engineering is focused on two priority areas:

  1. Supporting excellence in teaching, research, and scholarship through expanded opportunities for Brown’s faculty and students.
  2. Renovating research and teaching space to accommodate group study and faculty-student interaction outside the classroom and the lab.
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Annual Giving Opportunities

All Gifts  
School of Engineering Annual Fund 
Support investment in novel research and curriculum innovations, and the creation of new educational ventures
All amounts
$1,000 Level Gifts  
Lab Supplies
Funding to replenish lab supplies consumed each semester for courses and projects
Brown Design Workshop (BDW) Materials
Funding to replenish materials used on annual basis in the BDW for courses and projects
Student Travel
Supports travel to national conferences to cover registration fees, hotels, and other travel expenses
Annual Undergraduate Awards
Supports annual awards to outstanding undergraduate engineering students
$3,000 Level Gifts  
Undergraduate Teaching Assistant
Support one undergraduate teaching assistant for one semester
Co-Curricular Group
Funding to support the activities of the over 20 student co-curricular groups in engineering
Brown Design Workshop Monitor
Support one student for one semester as a BDW monitor. Monitors serve to create a safe and collaborative learning environment, encourage creative problem solving, spread knowledge about tools, materials, processes, and ideas, and enforce rules of the space. Monitors lead training workshops, respond to member questions, and assist with projects.
$5,000 Level Gifts  
Undergraduate Summer Research
Support a fellowship for an undergraduate to conduct research with a faculty member over the summer
Graduate Teaching
Support one graduate teaching assistant for one semester (current need of 11 total per semester)
$10,000 Level Gifts  
Brown Design Workshop Rapid Prototyping Equipment
Help provide new equipment including 3D printers, laser cutters, CNC mill, and CNC lathe
New Instructional Equipment
Help provide new instructional equipment such as multimeters, environmental sensors, centrifuges, power supplies
$25,000 Level Gifts  
Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives
Funding enables programming and activities toward the School of Engineering Diversity and Inclusion Plan, such as supporting diverse speaker series, student networking, mentoring activities
Supports shared research equipment used by faculty and student researchers, including funding to support cost sharing requirements for federal funding awards
Graduate Fellowships
Current use fund to support an Engineering master’s or Ph.D. student for a year

Endowed Giving Opportunities

New Engineering Facilities  
School of Engineering Building Fund
New and renovated space on College Hill for education, collaboration and research including classrooms, research labs, cleanrooms, etc.
starting at $100,000
Brown Design Workshop in Prince Lab
The focus of collaborative “making” and experiential learning for the campus
$10-15 million
Faculty Support  
Endowed Professorships
Providing faculty support plus start-up funds for research and infrastructure needs
$5 million
Endowed Visiting Professorships
Bringing new perspectives and real-world experience
$2 million
Endowed Post-Doctoral Scholars
Training the next generation of leading faculty
$1.5 million
Graduate Student Support  
Endowed 5th Year Master's Degree Scholarships
Support for current Brown undergraduates to stay on and complete an expedited master's degree
Endowed Master's Degree Scholarships
Scholarships for the next generation of industry leaders
Dissertation Fellowships
Support for Engineering Ph.D. students in the writing phase of their dissertation, allowing them to focus on writing without any other research or teaching obligations
Dissertation Prize
Funding to establish a named annual award, to be given to a graduate student in any of the Engineering disciplines, for the best dissertation in their field.
Transforming Undergraduate Education  
Endowed First-Year Seminar Fund
Provides funding for one first-year seminar each year
First-Year Seminar Fund 
Provides funding for one first-year seminar
Endowed Department/Program Fund
Used broadly to help build the profile of School of Engineering programs
Endowed Technology Investment Fund
Support for enhanced classroom technology and new and upgraded state-of-the-art instructional equipment for labs

Contribute to Brown Engineering’s fundraising initiatives using Brown's secure online giving form, or contact:

Nicole Peters Sisson
Senior Director of Development
Tel: +1 (401) 863-9877 / Fax: +1 (401) 863-3301
Brown University, Division of Advancement
Box 1893, Providence, RI 02912, USA