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Endowments


The College of Engineering encourages gifts to create endowments for student scholarships, graduate fellowships, faculty enrichment and for use by the dean of the College to meet the College's strategic objectives. These gifts are an investment in the future of the College of Engineering, providing enduring support for our students, faculty and programs. Endowment gifts are invested wisely and carefully by the University of Oklahoma Foundation Inc. with only the earnings used to support the designated need.

UNDERGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIPS

Undergraduate students are the foundation of the College of Engineering. The strength of our undergraduate programs has long been exemplified by the quality of our students. In order to continue our tradition of attracting the brightest students from Oklahoma, across the United States and internationally, we must provide increased scholarship support through additional named scholarship endowments. Named scholarship endowments may be established with a one-time gift or multi-year commitment of $30,000 for freshman scholarships, $40,000 for upper-class scholarships, and $50,000 for leadership scholarships

GRADUATE FELLOWSHIPS

A premier graduate program must have superior faculty and an innovative, future-oriented research program. To meet the future needs for faculty, external research, industry and government worldwide, we must be prepared to aggressively compete for the best graduate students from the top schools in our region and across the United States. The availability of financial support is often the deciding factor, and thus it is necessary to provide additional funding through endowed graduate fellowships. Named endowed graduate fellowships may be established with a one-time gift or multi-year commitment $100,000 or more.

FACULTY GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT

Ensuring a superior faculty represents a significant and ongoing challenge for the College. Our ability to attract and retain a distinguished faculty will continue to require incentives beyond the traditional salary and rank. Endowed faculty positions are the most effective means to attract and retain both senior and promising junior faculty, as they provide funds for salary supplements, professional development and research support. In addition, a faculty of high reputation increases the College's ability to attract private research support. Thus, faculty endowments continue to be a high priority for the College.

In 1988, the Oklahoma Legislature established the Oklahoma State Regents Endowment Program, an innovative way to strengthen the state's colleges and universities by matching private gifts for endowed faculty positions established in academic disciplines that contribute to the cultural, business, scientific or economic development of the state. Income from these endowments can be used to supplement the salary of the faculty member, provide other scholarly expenses related to the faculty member's teaching and research, buy equipment, or fund graduate assistance.

The matching program has helped many donors provide a meaningful legacy to the University of Oklahoma, their favorite programs and to generations of OU students. Since 1989, the university has experienced phenomenal growth in the number of endowed faculty positions, which have been established in 15 different colleges on the Norman, Oklahoma City Health Sciences Center, and Tulsa campuses, and in a variety of innovative interdisciplinary areas.

Chairs are created with an endowment of at least $1 million, which typically involves a private gift and state regents' match of $500,000 each. The state regents' program will match larger private gifts, and a number of the University's most prestigious positions have been endowed at multi-million dollar levels. Endowed chairs enable a college or program to recruit and retain faculty whose national reputations elevate its prominence and whose experience and expertise make an exceptional contribution to its teaching, research and public service. National searches are typically held to fill these positions.

Professorships are endowed with at least $500,000. Typically these professorships are created with $250,000 in private gifts and $250,000 from the state regents' program, but the program will match larger gifts to establish professorships. Professorships enable the university to retain respected and effective faculty members who are making an exceptional contribution to OU's mission of teaching, research and public service. These positions may be filled through national or internal searches

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Named endowments serve as a tribute to the generosity of donors or a vehicle to honor a special person. An endowment may be named for:

  • The endowment fund's primary donor, whether an individual, foundation or corporation
  • A friend or family member whom the donor wishes to honor or memorialize
  • An individual who has given noteworthy service to the University.

 

Chairs

Asahi Glass Chair
Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering


AT&T Chair
Engineering


Charles L. Blackburn Chair
Engineering Physics


Douglas and Hilda Bourne Chair
Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering


John A. and Donnie Brock Chair
Energy Economics and Public Policy


L.A. "Doc" Comp Chair
Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering


Eberly Family Chair
Mewbourne School of Petroleum and Geological Engineering


Charles E. Foster Chair
Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering


Hitachi Chair
Computer Science


Edward D. & Billie R. Holstein Chair*
Engineering


Lesch Centennial Chair
Mechanical Engineering


McCasland Chair
Mewbourne School of Petroleum and Geological Engineering


Mewbourne Chair
Mewbourne School of Petroleum and Geological Engineering


Mewbourne Chair II
Mewbourne School of Petroleum and Geological Engineering


Mewbourne Visiting Chair #1
Mewbourne School of Petroleum and Geological Engineering


Mewbourne Visiting Chair #2
Mewbourne School of Petroleum and Geological Engineering


Martin G. Miller Chair
Mewbourne School of Petroleum and Geological Engineering


John and Mary Moore Chair
Engineering


Richard and Shirley O'Shields Director's Chair
Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering


Benjamin H. Perkinson Chair
Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering


Charles B. Smith, Jr. and Jean Smith Chair
Electrical and Computer Engineering


Charles and Peggy Stephenson Chair
Mewbourne School of Petroleum and Geological Engineering


Sun Company Chair
Civil Engineering and Environmental Science


Tilley Chair
Electrical and Computer Engineering


Lester Wilkonson Chair
Engineering


Francis W. Winn Chair
Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering


Professorships

Aaron Alexander Professorship
Civil Engineering and Environmental Science


Alumni Professorship
Mewbourne School of Petroleum and Geological Engineering


Lloyd and Joyce Austin Presidential Professorship
Engineering


Tom and Mary Dugan Professorship
Engineering


Conoco-DuPont Professorship
Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering


Dr. David W. Franke Professorship
Computer Science


Henry J. Freede Professorship
Engineering


Robert W. Hughes Professorship
Engineering


Kerr-McGee Centennial Professorship
Mewbourne School of Petroleum and Geological Engineering


Ted A. Kritikos Professorship
Civil Engineering and Environmental Science


John A. Myers Professorship
Engineering


Oklahoma Gas & Electric Professorship
Electrical and Computer Engineering


Morris R. Pitman Professorship
Engineering


C.M. Sliepcevich Professorship
Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering


Gerald Tuma Professorship
Electrical and Computer Engineering (partially funded)


Unocal Centennial Professorship
Mewbourne School of Petroleum and Geological Engineering


Ted and Cuba Webb Presidential Professorship
Engineering Physics


Williams Professorship
Engineering


Williams Professorship in Telecommunications Networking
Electrical and Computer Engineering


Sam A. Wilson Professorship
Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering


Francis W. Winn Professorship
Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering


Lectureships

Charles W. Bert Lectureship
Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering


William C. Hauber Lectureship
Mewbourne School of Petroleum and Geological Engineering


Donald E. Menzie Lectureship
Mewbourne School of Petroleum and Geological Engineering


Sam A. Wilson Lectureship
Engineering


Fellowships

Harry Grant Fair Memorial - Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering

Patrick L. Foster - Engineering

Gaseous Fules Graduate Fellowship - Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering

Omer and Marjorie Pipkin Fellowship - Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering

P.H. Robinson - Electrical and Computer Engineering

Jon R. Withrow - Computer Science

Hairston and Betty Worstell - Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

Scholarships

Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

AME Faculty-Staff Scholarship
Franklin J. Appl
Bert Family
Frank Chuck
Jim & Bee Close
Eugene Dawson
John E. Francis
Douglas L. Henry
Bob Lenz Memorial
Tom J. Love
Tom J. Love/Jim Palmer
John C. Purcupile
Maurice Rasmussen
Bennie and Audrey Shultz
Ellis and Bernice Sims
Jennifer Scott Smith Memorial
Hairston and Betty Worstell

Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering

Richard G. Askew
CBME Faculty
Al Clark Chemical Engineering Prize
Rick Clawson Memorial
Ray and Libby Daniels
Phillip J. Doerpinghaus, Jr.
Freda M. Guild
J.D. Holbird
R.L. "Doc" Huntington
R.L. and Ruth Huntington Memorial
Mr. and Mrs. Spencer N. Knapp
Kathleen Lorengo-Sultan Memorial
Omer A. and Marjorie Pipkin
Pipkin Family
Laurance S. "Bud" Reid
Laurance S. Reid Memorial
Jerrikaye Savage
Mark Townsend

Civil Engineering and Environmental Science

Steve Amos Memorial
Wylie Hamilton Barbour
J.F. Brookes Memorial
Larry W. Canter
CEES Class of 1994-95
Fred & Katie Cobb and Robert H. Cobb
Ebeling Family
Eckart-Pontius
Dillard S. Hammett
Jimmy F. Harp
Joe Keeley Memorial
Joakim G. Laguros
Larry A. Lowrance Memorial
John H. Marsh
John and Dolores Owensby Family
James M. Robertson
Ronald L. Sack
C.A. "Bud" Stoldt Memorial
George W. Tauxe Memorial
Guy Bradford Treat Memorial
Georges Yannieh

Computer Science

M.B. Lampl Jr.
MRE Consulting Inc.
Jon R. Withrow
Paul D. Witt

Electrical and Computer Engineering

William H. Barkow
James L. Box
Clyde Farrar Memorial
James Royce Graham
Marjorie Haskell
Merle Ward Lucas
James D. and Margret Palmer
Schlumberger
Charlie and Jean Smith
Gerald Tuma

Engineering

Jack H. Abernathy Sr.
Accenture
Fred and Norma Ackman
AFA Aerospace Education Foundation
Rudolph Alexander
Richard G. Askew
Aurora Natural Gas
Louis C. Bailey
Dorothy Grace Barkow
Carl A. Bentley
Dusty and LaFawn Biddle
Charles L. Blackburn
Edward A. and Nancy K. Blair
Jack L. and Medora Blanton
Board of Visitors
David Bobo Memorial
Harold K. Bone Memorial
Walter A. and Claire E. Bork
John A. Brock
Morris Butkin Memorial
William H. and Marion Smythe Carter
Clyde J. Cecil Memorial
Sam J. Cerny
S.J. Cerny
Fred Wilson and Gertrude Hayes Close
Ray G. Collins
Conoco Leadership
Billy and Mary Crynes
Harry W. Denton
Distinguished Freshman
Linda R. Dunham
Faculty and Staff - Various Schools
Steven and Lynn Fisher
Charles E. Foster
Milton J. Gordon
Van Gowdy
C.H. Guernsey and Co.
Jerry D. Holmes
Honda of America
James D. Hood*
John M. Houchin
Charlotte Ann Huddleston
Robert W. Hughes
Charles and Maxine Ingram
Mary Ann Phelps Knowles
Thomas L. Landers
Paul L. Laws LKOT Memorial
James R. Lesch
Philip Levy Memorial*
Tom J. Love Jr/Geis Family
John C. Major
Maples Family
Alex H. and Delores Massad
Thomas H. McCasland Jr.
A.W. McKinney
E. F. McMullin Sr.
Loyle P. and Velma Miller
John H. Moore
William and Susan Nasser
Edna Neil
Malcolm P. O'Haver
Dick and Shirley O'Shields
Richard L. O'Shields
W.D. Owsley Memorial
Judith K. Pearson Memorial
William Miller Peck
Morris R. Pitman
Max H. Post
Darryll Prince Memorial
Hugh E. Prokesh
Kendall C. Purgason
Rainbolt Family
Lawrence G. Rawl
Ted L. Sandridge
Kenneth L. Smalley
Sonat Foundation
Paul N. and Susan A. Stanton
Mike Stice
John T. Stupka
Sandra S. Talley
Lew and Myra Ward
Ted and Cuba Webb
William G. Weppner
Henry B. Wilson
Sam A. Wilson
Sam A. Wilson Memorial
Jon R. Withrow
Zarrow Family
Zarrow Multicultural

Engineering Physics

Roy B. Adams
Michael G. Ruby

Industrial Engineering

Bobbie Leon Foote
Geis Family
George T. Gibson
F. Hank Grant
Jennifer Ann Hayes
IE Advisory Board
IE Faculty/Staff
Gerry Lopez
George and Maureena McDonald*
Jerry Purswell
Chuck and Jane Schultz
John T. Stupka

Other Endowments

Anadarko Petroleum Corp.
Board of Visitors Center for Engineering Excellence
John Vincent Boggs Memorial
Couch Family Enrichment Fund
Sylvan Jr. and Rubye L. Cromer
Engineering Academic Development
Engineering Excellence
Engineering Facilities Fund
Engineering Physics
ExxonMobil Leadership Fund
Wayne and Barbara Glenn
Richard D. and Linda A. Goddard
Dillard and Georgeann Hammett
Edward J. Hutlas
Ronni K. Irani International Student Endowment
Omer Kircher
Pearl H. Landreth Fund
Maddox Family
Mewbourne Development
Mewbourne Enrichment
Mewbourne Leadership
MRE Consulting, Inc.
Malcolm P. O'Haver
Dick and Shirley O'Shields
William Neff Patten Memorial
Donna Shirley Engineering Award
Ken and Jan Smalley
Sandra A. and William W. Talley
E.L. Williamson
Hairston and Betty Worstell

Special Gifts - Facilities

James K. Anderson
Alan S. Armstrong
Carl F. and Suzie Tilghman Baerst
Dorothy Grace Barkow
Dusty and LaFawn Biddle
Charles L. Blackburn
Darrell L. and Linda Bull
Burlington Resources
Charles M. Cole
Ray G. and Betty Collins
ConocoPhillips
Devon Energy Corp.
Thomas A. Dugan
ExxonMobil Corp.
Haley M. Finkelman
Charles E. and Carol Foster
Patrick L. Foster
James Royce Graham
Jeffrey C. Greene
Dillard S. Hammett
Hitachi
Robert W. and Gail Hughes
Edward J. and Cris Hutlas
David W. Lundquist
John A. Kenney
Spencer L. Knapp
Alex H. and Dee Massad
Tom and Phyllis McCasland
McCasland Foundation
Dick and Shirley O'Shields
Bill Z. and Gayle Parker
Joe S. Peerson
R. Alden Pendery
Charles Schultz
Joseph R. and Ann M. Shaw
Donna L. Shirley
Charles and Peggy Stephenson
Bruce H. Stover and Family
John H. Waller
Chris Webb
Sam A. and Sonia Wilson
Paul D. Witt