Areas of Greatest Need | 2014


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College of Engineering 

The College of Engineering works closely with the nationally recognized National Institute of Aerospace Research and is home to the following programs:

Aerospace Engineering
Electrical Engineering and 
Computer Science
Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
Mechanical Engineering


 College of Engineering FY 2014 Priorities:


circle arrow Immediate Priorities


U.S. 2020 Competition/STEM Mentoring Program

The College of Engineering will be entering a national competition to win a grant to pilot a city-wide STEM mentoring program. Regardless of whether or not the college is successful in winning the grant, it plans to move forward with creating a coordinated city-wide STEM mentoring effort. This funding will provide seed money to help cover expenses related to personnel salaries, promotion of the program/effort, technology and supplies needs, marketing and an allocation to create a current scholarship fund all for the pilot year of this program.

Engineering Student Success and Outreach Facility

Support is needed to relocate the College of Engineering dean’s office, dean’s conference room and engineering student success center to Beggs Hall. The labs currently on the second floor of Beggs Hall will be moved to Wallace Hall. This relocation will create a one-stop shop for engineering students, prospective students and visitors as engineering recruitment/retention activities, advising and registration and scholarship support will all be located in one area. It also will create a stronger first-impression for prospective students and visitors as Beggs Hall is a newer building and easily accessible. In addition, the relocation of the dean’s office will allow for the creation of a bioengineering suite and an engineering technology suite. Support will be needed to cover expenses associated with the relocation, equipment updates and minor renovations. Naming opportunities will be available for the dean’s office, dean’s conference room and engineering student success center area. The total cost of this project is $500,000; however, the College of Engineering dean’s office will provide a dollar-for-dollar match for the private funds raised, meaning each contribution will have double the impact.

K - 12 Outreach Support

This priority encompasses all K-12 outreach initiatives coordinated by the College of Engineering to encourage youth to consider science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines for educational and career pursuits. Primary K-12 Outreach programs to support in 2013-14:

  • Shocker Lego MINDSTORMS
  • Other (SEEDS, Changing Faces, PLTW)
  • Kansas BEST Robotics
  • Engineering summer camps


circle arrow Emerging Priorities


These priorities are not necessarily currently envisioned by academic and Foundation leadership in the detailed format as the priorities listed above, however, they may include such things as:

  • Undergraduate scholarships, specifically merit-based and geared towards recruiting new students
  • Graduate fellowship support
  • Junior faculty fellowships
  • Endowed chair or professorship faculty positions - specifically targeting aerospace
  • Programmatic support


circle arrow Visionary Priorities


  • Naming of the Wichita State University College of Engineering
  • Naming of the WSU College of Engineering Department of Aerospace


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Kim BairFor further information about how you can help the College of Engineering, please contact:

Kim Bair, BS
Director of Development for the College of Engineering






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