Engineering nets $1 million

Ameren UE’s gift will be used to support capstone curriculum.
Thursday, December 23, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 7:59 p.m. CDT, Sunday, July 20, 2008

The Ameren UE will donate $1 million to MU’s College of Engineering, it announced Wednesday.

“It strengthens education and helps ensure a new group of professionals will be ready and qualified to fill the positions required to keep Missouri in a leadership position among states,” Ameren spokeswoman Susan Gallagher said at the company’s St. Louis headquarters.

The donation, which will be distributed in annual $200,000 grants over the next five years, will finance electrical and computer engineering equipment used by students enrolled in the college’s two-semester capstone course. The capstone course is designed to prepare students for a career in the engineering profession, said Michael Devaney, professor of electrical engineering.

With the money, the college plans to purchase video recording and editing equipment, a spectrum analyzer and hardware and software required for building printed circuit boards.

Devaney said the donation gives the college the opportunity to enhance students’ capstone experiences. The video equipment, for example, will assist students with the presentation aspects of their capstone projects.

Chancellor Brady Deaton announced that the lab would be named The Ameren Capstone Laboratory.

Devaney said the college hopes to increase the engineering industry’s involvement with the course.

“I think Ameren, being an electrical utility, has a very heavy dependence on engineering and technology, and in addition to their desire to help out the University of Missouri, has a vested interest in nurturing the supply of engineers with enhanced capabilities,” he said.

The donation was part of the university’s “For All We Call Mizzou” fund-raising campaign, which has raised $490 million of its $600 million goal as of Nov. 30.

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