School of Engineering and Applied Science
Highlights of the Engineering School’s campaign include gifts for new facilities, scholarships and fellowships, professorships and innovative programs. A gift from the Paul and Gina Rice Family Foundation enabled construction of the Rice Hall Information Technology Engineering Building, which serves as the nexus of information technology engineering activity for students and researchers throughout the school and across the Grounds. The Clark Construction Group made two key gifts — one in 2007 creating the Robert and Ashley Montgomery Business Minor Scholarship and the other in 2012 creating the Dan T. Montgomery Endowed Professorship Fund. In addition, alumni and friends created the SEAS Engineers as Entrepreneurs Program Fund to provide support for entrepreneurship competitions, mentoring, guest lectures, innovative capstone projects, internships and more.
Dan T. Montgomery Endowed Professorship in Engineering Leadership
The Department of Engineering and Society is actively recruiting the first holder of the Dan T. Montgomery Endowed Professorship in Engineering Leadership, a position made possible by a gift from the Clark Construction Group. Income from the fund will provide salary and other support for this professorship, whose focus will be leadership in engineering. The gift will also make possible courses in business and entrepreneurship that can be taken by students across the Grounds, expansion of the courses offered in the engineering business minor program and a series of seminars featuring industry and academic experts.
Rolls-Royce Professor of Engineering Eric Loth
In 2007, Rolls-Royce invited the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, Virginia State University and the Virginia Community College System into an innovative partnership that included chaired professorships, endowed graduate fellowships, endowed internships, lab renovations and support for eight faculty members. Professor Eric Loth was the first faculty member hired under this partnership in January 2010, and in September 2013 was confirmed as the first Rolls-Royce Endowed Professor of Engineering. A member of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Loth focuses his research on supersonic, multiphase, bio-inspired, nanoscale and aeroelastic fluid dynamics, with applications to aircraft, inlet and wind turbine aerodynamics as well as energy storage systems.
Gifts at Work
Enlarging the Possibilities for Experiential Learning
The 20,000-square-foot, four-story Lacy Hall Experiential Learning Building was designed to accommodate the needs of students engaged in construction of large projects such as the solar car, concrete canoe and steel bridge. Programs and activities previously distributed throughout the Engineering School and elsewhere are now gathered in the same building — providing opportunities for students from different teams to help each other in common areas of technology. Students now have access to modern machine tools, including those supporting the manufacture of parts and devices from computer designs. The Ann Warrick Lacy Experiential Learning Center is located on the top two floors of the building. The third floor, which is at ground level, has large open spaces and a front door large enough to accommodate a vehicle. The fourth floor has an open design intended to foster student interaction, while the bottom two floors are for use by U.Va.’s Facilities Management office. A gift from Linwood A. “Chip” Lacy Jr. (Engr ’67, Darden ’69) and his wife, Constance Lacy, made the building and center possible. The construction has dramatically strengthened the experiential learning opportunities and undergraduate education quality offered by the school.