UW-Madison College of Engineering receives $25 million grant

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A $25 million gift announced Monday will help the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Engineering create a research institute — with 25 new faculty — that works across disciplines in one of the nation's hottest and most competitive academic fields.

Supported by a gift from The Grainger Foundation, the Grainger Institute for Engineering will enable the university to attract clusters of top engineering faculty to define new research directions, according to Ian Robertson, dean of the engineering college. The Grainger Foundation is led by David W. Grainger, who earned his bachelor of science in electrical engineering degree from UW-Madison in 1950.

Robertson said the $25 million gift would create an endowment for professorships, faculty scholar awards and postdoctoral fellowships, with additional support from UW-Madison, the UW-Madison Vilas Trust, and the College of Engineering.

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