Support the Future

A gift to the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is an investment in the future. It demonstrates a shared vision of the importance of engineering education and research and a confidence in NC State’s ability to execute that vision wisely.

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Through generous alumni, corporate partners and friends, the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering has been able to create opportunities, foster new research and technologies and attract the brightest professors and students.

Your investments in our department not only contribute to this vision but also help ensure your NC State degree continues to grow in prominence and value.

Your support helps provide scholarships for students, and funds projects that directly benefit the department’s mission of the accumulation, generation, and dissemination of knowledge in the field of electrical and computer engineering.

Donations are tax-deductible and support the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. 

ECE Enhancement Fund

The ECE Enhancement Fund was created to enhance the academic and co-curricular experience of undergraduate and graduate students in the department. The purpose of the fund is to provide direct funding for projects, resources, facilities, and engagement opportunities for students and faculty. The creation of the fund helps the department achieve the following established strategic goals:

  • Enhance the success of our students through educational innovation by providing high-impact educational experiences
  • Enhance local and global engagement by supporting and providing opportunities and resources for student and career opportunities
  • Encourage the development and continual improvement of the department’s facilities
  • Serve to recruit the brightest and best undergraduate and graduate students and ensure their continuing success within the department.


“Thanks to generous support from alumni, friends, and supporters, our student organizations get opportunities we could never do ourselves, including traveling to national competitions, hosting ECE student life events, and engaging beyond the classroom.”
Leyla Muse

ECE Student Ambassador, Class of 2020

Support the Department

To support the ECE Enhancement Fund and support our students, programmatic activities, and community outreach, click below 

ECE Centennial Scholarship Endowment

Dr. Daniel D. and Mrs. Katherine E. Stancil established and endowed a scholarship for the NC State Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2018.  Named the ECE Centennial Scholarship Endowment, the fund will provide scholarship support to undergraduate students majoring in electrical or computer engineering at North Carolina State University. The scholarship will provide need-based support to one or more students for one academic year and may be renewable.

Although for the second year in a row, Money magazine identified NC State as the best value for students attending college in North Carolina, tuition and fees for in-state undergraduates for the 2018-19 academic year are estimated at $9,100. With their gift to support education at NC State, the Stancil family is a shining example of faculty making a very personal investment to ensure our students’ educational aspirations are not constrained by financial burden.  


“Our hope is that the new endowment will give alumni and friends the ability to directly contribute to scholarships regardless of the size of the gift.”
Dr. Daniel Stancil

Alcoa Distinguished Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

“As a department head, Dan knows first hand the importance of scholarship support to help deserving undergraduate engineering students complete their degree without a financial burden. I’m thankful that he and Katherine decided to make this generous gift and hope that the department’s alumni and friends will consider adding their support to the scholarship.”
Dr. Louis Martin-Vega

Dean, College of Engineering

Support the Endowment

To support the ECE Centennial Scholarship Endowment and make NC State’s world-class education accessible to students regardless of their financial background, click below.  

ECE MakerSpace Fund

In 2017, the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering officially opened the ECE MakerSpace in Engineering Building II, consisting of two facilities – the Robert M. Kolbas MakerSpace, and the William F. Troxler MakerSpace. The two spaces serve to provide all of the resources students need to realize electronics and fabrication projects, both for Senior Design and other coursework as well as extracurricular and personal experimentation and creation. 

Your support to the MakerSpace Fund helps continue our ability to purchase new machines, upgrade equipment and purchase additional supplies for the students using the Spaces.


“When I was a student in the early-70s, I was very frustrated, because I wanted to build things, but I didn’t have the tools, I didn’t have the space, I didn’t have the parts…

When I heard that the department wanted to make MakerSpaces, that’s what led me to make this donation because I don’t want our students to be as frustrated as I was. “

Dr. Robert M. Kolbas

Former Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Support the MakerSpace

To support the ECE MakerSpace Fund, making it possible for students to bring their ideas into reality and opening up whole new possibilities for rapid prototyping, click below. 


 A gift-in-kind is a non-cash donation and includes items such as equipment, materials, computer programs and technology. ECE welcomes any gifts-in-kind for which it has a use from individuals and companies that go to supporting research and educational activities, including teaching labs and the MakerSpaces. Please contact us for more information on how to make a Gift-in-Kind.

Give Today

All gifts to the department make a difference in the ability of engineering and computer science students and faculty to fulfill their own dreams and make a positive impact on the world.

Gifts can support scholarships, fellowships, professorships, academic programs, faculty research and other initiatives that are not typically supported through state appropriations.

It is private philanthropy that empowers the department to achieve excellence in its research, teaching and public engagement mission.


Anna Knight

Anna Knight

Director of Development