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About the Campaign

Dear Fellow Alumni and Friends of U.Va. Engineering,

As the co-chairs of the SEAS Campaign, we — like you — realize that now is a critical moment in time for the U.Va. School of Engineering and Applied Science. On the eve of the public launch of the University-wide Capital Campaign, we stand ready to lead the effort to increase the financial capacity of the School such that our resources match our aspirations.

Over the last several weeks and months, we've seen myriad newspaper articles detailing the almost perilous state of K-12 math and science education. We've seen op-eds calling for more engineers to solve the world's most delicate and most pressing problems. We've heard the president of our University — and the president of our country — cite the unmistakable and crucial potential of engineering today and tomorrow.

Taken together, these events are what create a critical moment of opportunity for the University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science. These forces sound a national call to excellence in engineering education and research. We're proud to say that the alumni and friends of the U.Va. Engineering School will resoundingly answer this call!

The SEAS Capital Campaign is committed to meeting the challenges — and opportunities — before our School. We will be working closely with Dean Jim Aylor, and enlisting an army of volunteer leaders and donors, to secure the financial resources needed to achieve Dean Aylor's goals for the School, which include:
  • Attracting an increasingly talented, creative and diverse student body to engage in our unique, experiential-based undergraduate curricula, preparing students for a wide array of career opportunities in engineering, business, medicine, law and politics, among others.
  • Competing for the best and brightest graduate students and providing the funding and high-quality research facilities necessary to attract top candidates.
  • Seeking out and retaining the most knowledgeable and influential faculty who will continue to inspire, educate, train and mentor our future leaders, professors and researchers.
  • Increasing our reputation as an institution of intellectual rigor and creativity and actively pursue collaborative relationships across engineering and other disciplines to further propel the U.Va. Engineering School to national prominence.
  • Positioning our School, by 2015, as a top 20 engineering school for both undergraduate and graduate students with at least three top 10 departments.
In reaching these goals, the University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Sciences will be propelled to greater levels of excellence, allowing our School to meet the most demanding needs of our students, our University, our country and our world in increasingly meaningful ways.

On September 30th, our School and University officially launched the public phase of the Capital Campaign. During the course of this ambition Campaign, we hope you will join us by volunteering your time, your ideas and your energy, as well as your financial contributions, to SEAS.

In the coming weeks and months, you will hear more about this ambitious Campaign for SEAS and how you can get involved. We sincerely hope you will choose to join your fellow alumni, distinguished faculty and staff and our remarkable students, to answer this call and work together to achieve the lofty ambitions set forth in this Campaign. Expect to hear from us again soon as there will be many ways to get involved — stay tuned!


Richard L. Ramsey ('76), Co-Chair
SEAS Campaign Cabinet
Robert M. Wadsworth ('82), Co-Chair
SEAS Campaign Cabinet

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