College of Engineering Reaches 97% of "For Iowa. Forever More." Campaign Goal, Raising $53 Million

The UI College of Engineering has raised more than $53 million (97%) toward a $55 million goal, part of the University

of Iowa's "For Iowa. Forever More." campaign.

The college also is working to raise an additional $17 million for its new building annex (

The "For Iowa. Forever More: The Campaign for the University of Iowa," is the most ambitious fundraising campaign in the history of the College of Engineering, the university, and the state of Iowa.  The overall university campaign has reached a milestone of $1.5 billion, 88% of the goal of $1.7 billion.

To date, more than 3,000 College of Engineering donors have contributed the $53 million toward specific areas of the college that they feel most passionately about, directly benefiting students, faculty, and research, and helping to renovate and build facilities, including the planned building annex. 

An example of the significant, strategic support for the college includes Distinguished Engineering Alumni Academy member R. William “Bill” Van Sant and his wife, Marilyn of Bayfield, Wisconsin.  They have established a $3 million bequest that will have an impact across the college, supporting scholarships, faculty, and innovation.  The gift provides $500,000 to establish the R. William and Marilyn Van Sant Mechanical Engineering Scholarship, $1.5 million to create the R. William and Marilyn Van Sant Chair in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, and $1 million to establish the R. William and Marilyn Van Sant Engineering Innovation Fund.  For more on the Van Sants and their gift, go to