Giving to NAE

Grainger Foundation Commits $3M to FOE

The National Academy of Engineering greatly appreciates the Grainger Foundation's generous $3 million commitment to NAE's Frontiers of Engineering (FOE).

“We are pleased to continue our support for the Frontiers of Engineering symposia, which have a proven track record for establishing critical connections between outstanding young engineers around the world,” said David Grainger, president and director of The Grainger Foundation.

“Thanks to the generous support of The Grainger Foundation, Frontiers of Engineering symposium participants have the opportunity to join together and take on innovative ideas in the pursuit of ground-breaking research,” said C.D. “Dan” Mote Jr., president of the National Academy of Engineering.

The Charles M. Vest President's Opportunity Fund

Dr. Charles M. Vest passed away on December 12, 2013 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was President of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) from 2007-2013. During his tenure, Dr. Vest strengthened and augmented the strategic programs of NAE. He exercised his visibility as NAE president to play a prominent role nationally and internationally. He helped reshape the landscape of engineering education, research, and practice, the public’s understanding and perception of engineering, and the attributes future engineers will require to compete and lead in the emerging global economy.

To honor him and his service to NAE and the engineering profession, members and friends established the Charles M. Vest President’s Opportunity Fund in 2012, with a goal of raising $10 million.

This fund will support exploratory studies, seed new initiatives, and supplement existing strategic programs, as directed by future presidents of NAE. The fund will empower NAE to be proactive in identifying and leading initiatives to benefit the nation and engineering profession. The NAE cannot afford to lose precious momentum, or be late to the table, due to a lack of project funding.

Chuck Vest President's Fund

Gifts made in memory of Dr. Vest will support the Charles M. Vest President’s Opportunity Fund unless otherwise indicated.

Peter Farrell Challenge for Classes of 2012 and 2013

Take advantage of a special giving situation this year: a challenge grant for class of 2012 and 2013 members put forth by Peter Farrell, a recently elected Section 2 member. Peter has made a $100,000 personal commitment and is challenging newly elected members to collectively give $100,000 to NAE in 2013.

The Peter Farrell Challenge, only for members of the classes of 2012 and 2013, will match 1:1 all gifts made in 2013 up to a total of $100,000. In addition to contributing to the Farrell Challenge, members’ gifts will help the NAE and their section reach the 50th anniversary goal of 50% participation.

$1.5 Million to New NAE K-12 Engineering Education

11/6/13, WASHINGTON -- Chevron U.S.A. Inc. has contributed $1.5 million to a new National Academy of Engineering initiative that will provide expert, research-based guidance to those involved in overseeing engineering education in kindergarten through grade 12. The initiative will create a clearinghouse of curriculum materials and resources and connect engineering education experts with teachers, administrators, and others involved in providing engineering experiences to K-12 students.

"We're excited to support this project because Chevron believes that a solid grounding in the engineering design process is essential for creating a highly skilled work force and inspiring the nation's future innovators and problem- solvers," said Blair Blackwell, manager, education and corporate programs, Chevron.

"Thanks to Chevron's generous gift, the NAE will provide solid, evidence-based support for teachers to help them improve the way that they teach engineering to elementary, middle, and high school students," said Dan Mote, president of the National Academy of Engineering. ...Read the press release.



Private support enhances our capacity to be a public voice for engineering.
  • Radka Z. Nebesky
    Senior Director of Development
    National Academy of Engineering
    500 Fifth Street NW
    Washington, DC 20001

    Phone: 202-334-3417