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Our mission

Civil and environmental engineers have an important goal: to solve problems and critical challenges of the 21st century, from combating the climate crisis and natural hazards to designing solutions that support an equitable future. To meet current and future engineering needs, CEE is working to prepare students with the skills and leadership abilities needed to design, build and maintain solutions that increase resilience and sustainability in the built and natural environments and ultimately improve people’s lives — but we need your help.

Giving options

To support what you are most passionate about, donors may choose from nine established funds, which includes the two giving priorities featured below. Additional giving opportunities are also available, such as establishing new endowed scholarships, fellowships and professorships. To explore these options, please contact Kaitlin Colleary at and Emily Thurston at

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Our funding priorities

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CEE Facilities Improvement Fund

CEE’s main buildings are dated, which is reflected in their lack of a central gathering space and a lack of modern, equitable and welcoming spaces that allow students to collaborate on projects and engage in hands-on learning, To change this, facilities improvements are a funding priority. Your gift will be used to improve student spaces, teaching labs, and More Hall renovations that include main entrance enhancements and a new lobby.

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CEE Strategic Support Fund

Gifts to the Civil & Environmental Engineering Strategic Support Fund provide funding for new and ongoing programs that help the department meet its strategic goals, including recruiting outstanding faculty and students. The fund is a vital resource for implementing both operational and strategic activities as determined by the chair.

Related News

Fri, 11/16/2018

Dedicated donors

Marilyn and Tom Draeger (BSCE ‘68) don’t just wait for good things to happen. They come up with the ideas. Longtime supporters of UW CEE, the couple recently donated $20,000 to the Environmental Engineering Lab to fund much-needed lab equipment.

Neil & AnnHawkins

Thu, 11/30/2017

Longtime donors Neil and Ann Hawkins ‘get a boost’ out of giving

For longtime UW CEE supporters Neil and Ann Hawkins, education is a value the couple strongly champions. Over the years, the couple has established a total of five funds. Their signature funds are the Neil and Ann Hawkins Prize and the Neil and Ann Hawkins Scholarship.

Al Potvin

Tue, 07/11/2017

Mastering money matching

Alumnus Al Potvin, MSCE ’66, Ph.D. ’68, is a civil engineer, not a magician. But he does have a trick up his sleeve. He exponentially multiplied five years’ worth of modest annual donations, which enabled him to establish an endowment to honor the person he credits with steering him toward his career path.

Karl Kirker

Tue, 02/28/2017

Alum Karl Kirker establishes student support fund

A memory from 40 years ago is still going strong. Alum Karl Kirker (BSCE ’75), who received the Charles Church More Scholarship from UW CEE during his senior year in college, still remembers what it felt like to be the recipient of $400 that covered the cost of two quarters of tuition.