Committed alumni are critical to our Faculty’s success

Fall 2009
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Dean Christophe Pierre

I recently hosted our Faculty’s fall Homecoming Breakfast for alumni, my fifth “welcome back” event in as many years. Looking back over that half-decade, it is clear that our Faculty has witnessed considerable change and remarkable growth.

Much of that transformation is due to the support and encouragement of committed alumni.
The latest figures from
Campaign McGill show that — with three years to go — McGill Engineering has already reached 80% of its $70-million objective. We are second only to the Faculty of Medicine in terms of dollars raised and percentage of goal reached.

That level of support, including a 52% increase since 2004 in annual gifts to the Alma Mater Fund, enables the Faculty of Engineering to compete as one of the pre-eminent professional engineering schools in the world.

Your donations have helped us to:

  • recruit the highest-calibre professors;
  • enhance graduate education in order to attract the very best doctoral and masters students;
  • restructure undergraduate student support and service programs to meet evolving needs in industry and society;
  • considerably increase research funding;
  • actively pursue interdisciplinary teaching and research;
  • expand partnerships with industry;
  • and last, but not least, revamp administrative and operational functions to realize major efficiency gains. This latter initiative has proven crucial in these times of lean budgets.

Balance sheets can never adequately reflect our alumni’s generosity of spirit, but gifts from graduates of our five departments and two schools are a meaningful barometer of your commitment to ensure that McGill Engineering continues to offer its students a first-in-class education.

Thank you for the tremendous contribution you make to helping us fulfill our mission, and please accept my warmest wishes for a happy holiday season and a satisfying 2010.

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Christophe Pierre
Faculty of Engineering

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