Giving Options

Don't Underestimate Your Power to Make a Difference!

Over the years many alumni, faculty, staff and friends have made significant contributions that have enabled the Department of Mechanical Engineering to provide scholarships to deserving students, improve teaching and laboratory facilities, and purchase equipment vital to the ground-breaking research being conducted by our renowned faculty.

Graduate Recruitment

Fundraising Campaign


There is no better way to secure a bright future in research than attracting the very best academic minds in the world to conduct their work here. The Graduate Engineering Annual Research and Recruitment Symposium (GEARRS) event is pivotal to the recruiting process! Although most of the cost is funded by the Mechanical Engineering Department, when competing with peer universities and programs, we’ve come to learn that being able to provide a travel stipend and cover costs of activities in Boulder is a major factor in recruiting incoming grad students. These are things that have yet to be provided in the 13 years we’ve hosted GEARRS.

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Idea Forge Fund


The Idea Forge is a flexible, cross-disciplinary collaborative space where students can imagine, design, create, and test products and solutions to meet a range of societal and customer needs. The space includes Design Center Colorado and supports student teams working on invention and innovation as part of courses, as well as design and development driven by entrepreneurial minded individuals and service oriented groups such as Engineers Without Borders.

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Mechanical Engineering
Excellence Fund


​Provide support for Department's priorities at the discretion of the Department Chair. Priorities include hiring and retention of faculty, expansion of facilities, purchase of equipment for cutting-edge research, and recruitment of undergraduate and graduate students.

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Mechanical Engineering
Design Center Fund

Help bring real industry projects to undergraduate and graduate students, where integrated teams of 3 to 6 students, a faculty advisor, and an industry mentor develop workable solutions to real-life product design problems. 

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Endowed Chairs and Professorships


Endowed chairs and professorships allow us to attract, support and retain the very best faculty members by providing them with a salary supplement, discretionary funds for research and scholarly work, and the prestige associated with a named position. In turn, these faculty members bring substantial resources and enhanced reputation to Mechanical Engineering, the College, and CU Boulder.


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Ecomarathon Vehicle Fund 


Provide support to help build an ultra high mileage vehicle for national competition.  This project is operated through Design Center Colorado as part of our senior design program.


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More Options for Giving


If you have questions about other ways to give, please contact our Associate Director of Development, Caroline O'Connor, at

(303) 735-6235 or