Donors & Partnerships

Gearing Up for Big Changes

March 05, 2019
Creativity needs space, time and the proper tools for an idea to come to fruition. Thanks to a generous $5M gift from John ’69 and Mindy Baum, the Engineering Student Design Center (ESDC) will provide an expanded, visionary new space in which students will be able to dive into creative and entrepreneurial ventures.

Peet’s Coffee Pledges $250,000 to Advance Coffee Research

September 18, 2016
Gift Will Fund Peet’s Coffee Pilot Roastery in First-of-its-Kind Coffee Center
  • First university research center in the world to focus on post-harvest coffee
  • New Coffee Center will carry out research and teaching, collaborate with industry
  • Grew from popular engineering class, ‘Design of Coffee’

Peet’s Coffee announced a pledge of $250,000 to UC Davis on September 7, 2016, to fund the Peet’s Coffee Pilot Roastery, which will be located in a first-of-its-kind Coffee Center.

$1 million gift to create biomedical engineering professorship

June 20, 2016
Retired faculty-staff couple gives $1 million to create professorship

By Laura Pizzo, Senior Writer, Development and Alumni Relations, UC Davis

DAVIS, Calif.; June 20, 2016—UC Davis has received a $1 million bequest from Distinguished Professor Emeritus Maury Hull and Karen Slakey Hull to endow a professorship in biomedical engineering with a research emphasis in orthopedics. The Maury L. Hull and Karen S. Hull Endowed Professorship will continue the couple’s already substantial legacy at UC Davis.

Generous Gift Establishes New Engineering Design Space

June 08, 2015

Richard and Joy Dorf have seen the future, and persuasive communication will be crucial.

In an era when dialogue too frequently deteriorates to 140-characters, the UC Davis College of Engineering is taking a progressive lead on reinforcing the need for students to develop superior interaction skills.

Engineering Student Startup Center Receives First Major Gift

November 04, 2014

David Kappos believes that addressing many of the world’s most daunting problems can be condensed to a single word: Innovation.

“Innovation is where the action is,” he explains. “It’s the most important human activity for education and industry, for our country and the entire world. Innovation creates opportunity, jobs, great new products and services, better health care outcomes and much more. It will solve the world’s most daunting challenges, from climate change to reliable supplies of food and water.”

Alumna endows scholarship for women in STEM

January 24, 2014

During an interview given to CNN in February 2011, Diane Bryant cheerfully admitted that she hadn’t planned to attend college.

“I was the prissy girl growing up; I won ‘best dressed’ in high school. My parents didn’t go to college, so there wasn’t any expectation that my sister and I would go either.”

Engineering Student Startup Center Dedication

October 11, 2013

The Engineering Student Startup Center was launched with a ceremony that took place from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, in the lobby of UC Davis’ Ghausi Hall. The event was organized jointly by the UC Davis College of Engineering and BetaVersity, a company that specializes in designing and building entrepreneurial prototyping spaces for the education community.