We value the support of alumni who choose to make a gift to the department. When you give a gift to one of our funds, you help students reach their goals through scholarships, hands-on learning opportunities, and enhance their student experience with expanded extracurricular and leadership programming.
We'd like to share a few stories about how CEE alumni are helping the next generation of engineers.
Anthony M. DiGioia Jr. and Richard E. Gray Engineering Scholarship
For decades, Anthony DiGioia Jr. (BS ‘56, MS ‘57, PhD ‘60) and Richard Gray (BS‘56) have been renowned in civil and geotechnical engineering. Now, the Anthony M. DiGioia Jr. and Richard E. Gray Engineering Scholarship will honor their partnership and many accomplishments—among which they both are Distinguished Members of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and Carnegie Mellon Alumni Achievement Award recipients.
“I think my four years at Carnegie Mellon were some of the happiest years of my life,” says CEE graduate and structural engineer Jeffie Chang (BS’13, MS’14). “The friends I made there are still among my closest friends today. There was this camaraderie and really close, tight-knit environment in the CEE department that I was so grateful for.”
Student Activities Fund
From poster sessions to professional speakers to department-wide meet-ups over breakfast and lunch, the CEE Department is known for sponsoring activities and events that not only develop valuable engineering knowledge and skills but also foster community and connection. Soon, individuals will be able to give directly to such events and activities through CEE’s new Student Activities Fund, launching in Fall 2020.
“There are a lot of ways to engage with the University, and I’ve built so many great relationships through being involved with the CEE and Carnegie Mellon communities. I do it as much to enrich myself as I do to give back. I personally think I get more out of it than I give.”
“Right now, you can see that it’s a key moment in the department,” says Omar DeLeon. “For my family to be part of that is an awesome opportunity. It’s something meaningful where maybe one day we can take our daughter here and say, ‘Look, we helped support this effort.’ I want her to go back to CMU and see it and understand why we give.”
“It’s difficult to describe the impact that the CEE Department has had on me and the way they embraced me as an adult student, along with my wife and children. The Department often refers to themselves as family, and it really felt that way.”
A member of the University staff since 2003, Coffelt is currently Associate Vice President for Facilities Management and Campus Services and takes great pride in creating an environment that supports the innovative work for which Carnegie Mellon is known. Coffelt has also served as a CEE Adjunct Faculty member since finishing his PhD in 2008.