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Engineering educator Gary Brooking inspires student innovation

Gary Brooking, second from left, works on a drone project with three of WSU’s University Innovation Fellows, Spencer Lueckenotto, left, Will Valentine and Kyle Kopecky.

On a frigid day in late February, Gary Brooking talks wistfully about his plans for the coming weekend – spending some quality time with a wife and kids he hasn’t seen much lately.

That’s because, over the previous three weekends, Brooking has devoted many hours to helping WSU students participate in events showcasing their engineering and entrepreneurial skills.

The biggest reward of his job, Brooking says, is watching students succeed. “When you see them begin to understand what it is to be innovative and collaborative and effective at solving problems, that’s what puts a smile on your face,” says Brooking, chair of the Department of Engineering Technology at Wichita State.

A big part of his job is developing students who have marketable skills and are capable of adapting nimbly to an ever-changing work environment. That means giving them the technical knowledge engineers must have, but also showing them how to work across disciplines to create value.

More about Gary Brooking

Education: Raised in Zimbabwe, earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Cape Town, his master’s at Clemson and his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia.

WSU career: Came to Wichita State in 2014 to teach biomedical engineering; named director of engineering technology in 2017 and chair of the new Department of Engineering Technology in 2018.

Engagement with students: In addition to teaching every semester, Brooking helps oversee Invent for the Planet, a competition involving students worldwide; VEX Robotics; WSU’s student drone organization; and University Innovation Fellows, a select group of students who identify ways to build a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation at WSU.

Your investment in Faculty Support makes a powerful impact.
Every faculty member has the potential to inspire students and shape the world. By investing in faculty, we will attract and retain faculty who are key to academic excellence.

Faculty Support can take many forms. Here are a few examples:

  • Endowed chairs and professorships. The highest tribute a university can bestow on a faculty member. Payouts from the endowment create the margin of excellence to support our faculty.
  • Faculty Fellows. These positions recognize faculty who are performing at a high level, demonstrating commitment to their students and pursuing research and other projects that bring distinction to the university.
  • Departmental support. Designated for a specific department to support faculty endeavors.

For more information

If you would like to learn more about ways to support WSU faculty, contact Kim Bair, WSU Foundation senior director of development for the College of Engineering & Corporate Relations, at 316.978.3839 or

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