University of California, Riverside

Bourns College of Engineering

Support Bourns

The state budget provides about one-quarter of the university's annual operating budget. Support from a variety of sources - including grants and gifts from individuals, corporations, and foundations - make the difference in allowing the College to maintain its growth in capabilities and excellence. The importance of the generous support of alumni and friends will continue to increase, providing many ways to impact the College.

Today, philanthropic gifts support capital projects, students, teaching, research, student competitions, and public service activities at Bourns. Gifts can be specifically made to benefit the College.

Undesignated gifts to engineering are used by the College's leadership to provide flexibility in supporting emerging centers of excellence, new initiatives and areas of greatest need.

Visit University Advancement to earmark a gift for the Bourns College of Engineering.

Dean's Leadership Society

This esteemed group of individuals assists the dean in making major strides in advancing BCOE's vision of excellence in engineering. Dean's Leadership Society members, through their annual gifts, help create innovative, and sometimes historic, changes in this field – from groundbreaking work in biotechnology, information technology and nanotechnology to advances in education, environmental safety, transportation and other technologies currently in development at BCOE.

1Engineering Excellence: The BCOE Annual Fund

Gifts to the Annual Fund from alumni, parents, and friends can be designated for a specific department or area of interest, or they can be unrestricted to provide flexibility in supporting emerging centers of excellence, new initiatives and areas of greatest needs.

 Student Support

Financial assistance is key to attracting top undergraduate and graduate students. In order to recruit and retain talented students regardless of economic status, we need scholarships and fellowships. High quality students are the lifeblood of the University and the college remains steadfast in enabling the best and the brightest students to come to UCR.

 Faculty Support

BCOE has coalesced a world-class faculty. Private gifts earmarked for faculty support give the college a competitive advantage as we attract and retain one of the finest cadre of engineers in the nation.

 Honorary and Memorial Funds

Honorary and memorial funds provide an opportunity for you to recognize a person or persons who have had an impact on you, your career, the college, the community, or the world. Your gift ensures that their talents and contributions are recognized in perpetuity through the ongoing success or the college, its students and faculty.

 Department Support

Departments, Programs and Centers are the innovation drivers of the College. It is here that teaching takes place, research flourishes, and interdisciplinary teams explore new ideas. Support enables us to stay on the leading-edge of innovation as we prepare the next generation of engineers.

 Support for Facilities & Equipment

Facilities and equipment are the tangible drivers of innovation. Well-equipped labs, classrooms and offices are the starting points for training the best engineers and conducting innovative research. BCOE has a variety of naming opportunities where you can create a lasting bond with BCOE and link your name or the name of a loved one with the college.

 Matching Gifts

Hundreds of companies currently match employees' gifts or volunteer hours to UC Riverside. For purposes of recognition, you receive full credit for these matching fits.

Naming Opportunities

The Bourns College of Engineering is committed to recruiting the best and brightest students from around the world to learn from world-class faculty in state of the art facilities. One of the most important tools for achieving this level of academic excellence is through the personal naming of various locales in the engineering college. Naming opportunities provide a meaningful way to recognize individuals who have an unparalleled passion for the engineering sciences, creating a permanent legacy that honors them for future generations of family and students. The funds connected to these namings create a long-lasting impact upon the learning environment, as the funds are directed to the specific program where the naming is located. 

 Gift Planning

Help BCOE students and faculty to fulfill their promise by investing in a planned gift. UCR has been served by planned gifts in a variety of ways – from scholarships and program support to preservation of treasured places on campus. Whether you establish a bequest or a life income gift, you will benefit scholars at UCR for generations to come.

For more information about giving opportunities at BCOE, contact Marie Schultz, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Development at (951) 827-6302, or at

Who Gives to BCOE?
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Nora HackettNora Hackett laughed when asked if it was love at first sight when she first met her late husband Colin Hackett. They were both Ph.D. students at Brown University in the late 1960s – Nora in biology and Colin in mechanical engineering. It was a small graduate program back then and Nora had had enough of the limited social life for graduate students. She was determined to do something about it. Read more...

Bob and Marilyn Masuoka

Like father like daughter is a concept that the Masuoka family is very familiar with. Bob Masuoka is an engineer with PG & E (Pacific Gas and Electric Company), a gas and electric utility in San Francisco and his daughter Miki is an engineering student at UCR's Bourns College of Engineering (BCOE). Read more...

G. Neal RichterG. Neal Richter knows a thing or two about gasification. In fact, he's been working on variations of it since the 1960s when he was employed, initially for Texaco before it merged into Chevron earlier this century. As a retiree, he continues to have his hand in the energy industry both as a Chevron Fellow Emeritus and in the research program of Professor Joe Norbeck at the Bourns College of Engineering's Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT). Read more...

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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

College Information

Bourns College of Engineering
446 Winston Chung Hall

Tel: (951) 827-5190
Fax: (951) 827-3188