Endowment to support entrepreneurship and diversity at Michigan State University College of Engineering

EAST LANSING, Mich.--()--A Chicago couple, who met in a calculus class at Michigan State University in the 1970s, has endowed a professorship to support entrepreneurship and diversity in the MSU College of Engineering.

“Entrepreneurial activities and supporting diversity in engineering are two key priorities of our college”

The $1.3 million gift, established through their estate plan, creates the Bob Nuber and Betty Shanahan Endowed Professorship and supports Empower Extraordinary, the $1.5 billion campaign for MSU that publically launched in October 2014.

Nuber, 1978 computer science and Honors College graduate, is managing director of digital technology for Tribune Publishing Co. Shanahan, who received her MSU degree in 1978 in electrical engineering, served as the executive director and CEO for the Society of Women Engineers for more than a decade and is regarded as one the country’s key voices in support of diversity in engineering and industry.

“Entrepreneurial activities and supporting diversity in engineering are two key priorities of our college,” said Leo Kempel, dean of the College of Engineering. “This significant commitment demonstrates Betty and Bob’s confidence in our vision for the future.”

Nuber said he is proud of the college’s championing of efforts that make a difference, like inclusion and entrepreneurship.

“If we’re going to remain a premier institution, we need to sharpen our focus on new activities and processes that change our world for the better,” he said. “If anyone will do that, I believe that Spartan engineers will.”

Shanahan added that she hopes this gift opens up dialogues and creates a ripple effect.

“Our goal is to shape the potential of philanthropy among Spartan engineers,” she said. “We invite others to figure out what their passion is and share in the growing excitement of this campaign.”

Read more on the estate gift at: http://www.egr.msu.edu/news/2015/02/09/13-million-endowment

To date, the college has raised more than $40 million toward an $80 million campaign goal, with priorities that dovetail with those of the university in creating real-world engineering solutions to solve global problems.

The MSU College of Engineering has seven academic departments serving 4,900 undergraduate and more than 800 graduate students through 10 undergraduate and nine graduate degree programs. For more, visit www.egr.msu.edu.


Michigan State University College of Engineering
Patricia Mroczek, 517-432-1303