On March 18, Virginia Tech will celebrate its third annual Giving Day. This 24-hour event, starting at noon on the March 18, seeks to inspire Hokies everywhere to join in by supporting Virginia Tech. Your gift to the College of Engineering or the MSE Department will make a difference! The focus on Giving Day is on participation, not the dollar amount.

Your generosity helps to fund experiential learning through providing support for student scholarships, student travel to professional conferences, workshops, industry tours, and international learning experiences.

Here is a partial list of what your donations can do for our students.

  • $5 to $100 can go towards the purchase of supplies for our new bladesmithing course such as Kevlar gloves, tools, or steel for one student
  • $25 to $125 can support Senior Design Awards
  • $5 to $150 can purchase materials needed for student design competitions
  • $300 to $400 could be used to rent a van for several students to attend the FEF College Industry Conference held annually in Chicago (FEF covers the remaining costs)
  • $300 to $1000 could be used to send six students to the AFS Casting Congress (scheduled for April 2020 in Cleveland)
  • $500 to $1500 could help send a team of students to the MS&T meeting in Pittsburgh to participate in various competitions
  • $1500 to $4500  would allow one to four students to attend the TMS Bladesmithing competition (scheduled March 2021 in Orlando)
  • $3600 would allow us to purchase an advanced blacksmithing kit (safety gear, hammers, tongs, anvil, forge) 

Donations can also be used to support student research and fund special initiatives such as the successful Virginia Tech Foundry Institute for Research and Education (VT-FIRE).

"Strong philanthropic giving is an essential part of any great university. For faculty, staff, and students, it is a way of investing in our own success. For parents and friends, it deepens the connection to our Hokie family. For alumni, it is an oppportunity to give back to the institution that supported their achievements, and to create opportunities for the next generation of Hokies."  President Timothy Sands

Please take a moment to show your support for the college and department.  Visit the College of Engineering Giving Day Page to learn about becoming an ambassador and find out how to make donations on Giving Day. There will be a drop-down menu where you can make a designation to MSE if desired once the site goes live on March 18. 

Thank you,
David Clark, Department Head
Materials Science and Engineering