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From the Dean: A record-breaking year

Thanks to the generosity of our alumni, friends and partners, the College of Engineering raised a record-breaking $63 million in fiscal year 2014. 

This unprecedented achievement marks a 31% increase over the previous year. Our fundraising success was second only to that of James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute.

That $63 million is not just a number to us. We are excited to set records like this because we know empirically that it makes a genuine difference in the education we deliver, the wide-ranging solutions our researchers discover and the disadvantaged communities we serve.

Each gift received helps us secure educational opportunities for future generations of Buckeye engineers and architects, and meet the enormous global challenges we face as a society. These gifts are cherished, certainly, but they also are nurtured to propagate future contributions to education, industry and society. 

Our students also can boast quantitative gains. This fall we welcomed the most academically outstanding class of engineering and architecture students yet. Collectively, these 1,600 first year students boast the highest ACT scores, on average, that we’ve seen and more than 95 percent of them were in the top 25 percent of their high school class. 

As further testament to the ever-advancing quality of our students, at our 48th annual Engineering Expo we connected the highest number of employers and students yet. Already the largest career fair on campus, this year we packed the Ohio Union with nearly 5,000 Buckeye engineers and 225 companies offering co-op, internship and career employment opportunities. The demand for engineers continues to rise and employers tell us again and again that our highly qualified students have the skills and experience needed to excel.

These records of receiving outstanding financial support, enrolling stellar students and meeting industry’s need for talent all add up to one thing: excellence. Achieving excellence in everything we do at the Ohio State College of Engineering has always been and will continue to be one of our highest values. Together with our supporters, we will continue to sustain an enduring tradition of Buckeye scholarship, service and pride.

David B. Williams
Monte Ahuja Endowed Dean's Chair
Dean of the College of Engineering
Executive Dean of the Professional Colleges