Private support gives Georgia Tech the resources to take the lead in new initiatives, to weather cyclical changes in support from government, and to make long-term investments in constantly changing technology, often before needs or opportunities are recognized by others. Support can be directed to ECE faculty, students, and facilities.
- Endow a chair: Endowed chairs attract, support, and retain eminent teacher/scholars in specialized areas. Senior faculty chair holders attract talented students and faculty, stimulate research, and help leverage funding. Chairs are sought in a number of areas, including bioengineering, computer systems and software, digital signal processing, electrical energy, electromagnetics, electronic design and applications, microelectronics/microsystems, optics and photonics, systems and controls, telecommunications, and VLSI systems and design.
- Professorships: Income from these named endowments will be used to support outstanding faculty. Professorships give faculty the resources to remain at the forefront of teaching and research. The funding will be used to seed research projects and for travel, equipment, and student research assistants.
- Junior faculty awards: These awards are given to the most promising junior faculty members. They help Georgia Tech retain and attract faculty who are tomorrow's leading teachers/scholars. Five-year grants are awarded to encourage innovation in teaching and research and nurture professional advancement during the critical pre-tenure years.
- Named undergraduate scholarships and graduate fellowships: These awards help attract the most promising students to ECE. Recruiting the most outstanding and diverse undergraduate and graduate students is extremely competitive, so the School needs additional resources to expand and enhance undergraduate and graduate support.
- Support for student organizations: Support for student organizations such as the student chapter of IEEE, Eta Kappa Nu the (Student Honor Society), and the Women in ECE enhance the educational experience of ECE students and contribute to the quality of student life.
- Internship and co-op opportunities: Work experience is a crucial part of ECE undergraduate education, with nearly half of ECE students participating in one of these two work-study programs.
- Student awards: Special awards can be given to students in recognition of outstanding scholarship or leadership within ECE.
- Funding for current operations: Unlike endowments, gifts for current operating funds are available for use in the year received. Unrestricted gifts support core academic and programmatic needs and provide seed funds for new academic initiatives
- Permanent endowments: The Institute encourages school-based unrestricted endowments to provide maximum flexibility in meeting pressing needs and support for new initiatives. There are several opportunities for recognition.
- Facility support: Name the School of ECE, name a laboratory, contribute to the Van Leer renovation, or give an equipment gift.
Last revised on October 11, 2010.