Buy a Robot and Inspire a Future Engineer

Want to invest in the future of Harvey Mudd College and help awaken a student’s mind to the power of engineering? Here’s your opportunity! The generosity of several alumni and friends of the Department of Engineering played a huge role in funding the yearlong faculty work that resulted in the successful E79 course update. As we prepare to support this course long term and create the flexibility to undertake additional course redesigns, we have started an endowed engineering curriculum innovation fund, which currently stands at $115,000. We would like to invite our engineering alumni, parents and others to help us increase the endowment to $1 million, which will generate a perpetual stream of income to support the department’s efforts.

As a creative and fun way for donors to connect with the students in this course, we are offering the opportunity to buy a virtual, digital robot with a gift of $5,000. When added to the overall endowment, each gift will spin off enough funding each year to purchase supplies for a student to build one robot (approximately 110 robots—one per pair of students—are needed every fall semester). In recognition of all who support this project, we will add named “robots” to a “virtual water tank” viewable online and on a monitor in the engineering department. A list of donor names will be displayed next to the monitor in the engineering department and on this website. If you prefer not to have your name listed, please indicate you wish to remain anonymous when making your gift.

To give via credit card, visit Give to Harvey Mudd College and specify “Buy a Robot” in the “If ‘Other,’ Please Specify” box after entering the amount of your gift. In the “Comments” box, please specify the name of your robot (limit of nine characters). You can also inspire a future engineer with a gift at any level. You can also call 1.844.GIVE.HMC (844.448.3462). If you prefer to contribute by mail, you can make a check out to Harvey Mudd College and specify “Buy a Robot” in the memo field; the Office of Stewardship and Events will then contact you regarding the robot’s name.