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Call-to-Lead Campaign Creates Lasting Impact for Thayer

Sep 01, 2023

Thayer School of Engineering's alumni and supporters played a critical role in the success of Dartmouth’s Call to Lead campaign, which raised more than $3.7 billion in gifts to the university. Their gifts not only transformed the West End into a hub for innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship, but also helped expand Dartmouth Engineering's capacity to prepare more students for lives of human-centered leadership.

Campaign Impact

Students work in the biotechnology labs in Dartmouth's Class of 1982 Engineering & Computer Science Center.
From the Engles Biotechnology Labs to the Visual Computing & Machine Learning Lab, faculty and students have expanded spaces for research with access to state-of-the-art technology and equipment.

Class of 1982 Engineering & Computer Science Center: $193.4 million

The Class of 1982 Engineering & Computer Science Center provides critical spaces for all Dartmouth students to engage in hands-on, collaborative, interdisciplinary learning and research in engineering, computer science, design, and entrepreneurship. Inside the Stuart Family Design Commons, students actively apply human-centered design principles to help solve complex local and global challenges. 

Across both engineering and computer science research labs, faculty and their research teams actively work towards the next cutting-edge discovery in energy technologies, artificial intelligence, medical technologies, and biofuels.

Thayer Endowment: $55.7 million

Geoffroy Hautier teaches Computational materials design to students in classroom.
Through the campaign, Dartmouth retained top-notch long-serving professors or attracted more than a dozen talented new engineering faculty, including Hodgson Family Associate Professor of Engineering Geoffroy Hautier.

Gifts to the campaign also helped double the number of endowed professorships in engineering, which has enabled Dartmouth to recruit top faculty with expertise in energy, climate, and health. In addition, these gifts have helped Thayer continue to support and expand experiential learning opportunities, and increase undergraduate and graduate financial aid and fellowships, including for the Bachelor of Engineering (BE) program. 

Continued gifts to fund financial aid and scholarships for Dartmouth undergraduates pursuing the BE during their fifth year is helping ensure that costs is never a barrier to access for talented, promising engineers.

Thayer School Annual Fund: $14.9 million (7-year total)

Alumni look up at the drone taking their photo, while a Thank You sign is visible in the walkway.
Thayer alumni participated in and gave to the Thayer School Annual Fund in record numbers.

Dartmouth called, and alumni enthusiastically answered. The Call to Lead campaign helped energize giving across the board, with record Thayer alumni giving to the Thayer School Annual Fund. These annual gifts enhanced support for mission-critical programs, operational needs, and financial aid — from supporting hands-on learning in ENGS 21: Introduction to Engineering courses to off-campus field trips and experiential learning opportunities that makes Thayer truly special.

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