The Rice Engineering Alumni (REA) has launched a campaign to raise $9,000 to fund the purchase of a new 3-D printer for the Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen (OEDK). To sweeten the pot, the REA board has agreed to make a dollar-for-dollar match, up to an additional $9,000.
The matching campaign is part of a larger goal to help the Rice Annual Fund raise money through the end of the university’s fiscal year. That initiative, Your Voice, One Rice, seeks to raise a total of at least $600,000 from 6,000 donors.
“When we learned about Rice’s fundraiser, we wanted a way for the REA to be part of that,” said Priya Prasad, president of the REA board of directors. “Launching this initiative is a great way for our members to take part in raising money for Rice. It’s also a chance to continue our commitment to providing support for Rice engineering students and their education.”
The REA has made donations to the School of Engineering in the past, providing sponsorships to engineering design teams, purchasing equipment for the OEDK and spearheading a $50,000 project to revamp parts of the mechanical engineering lab.
“OEDK is thrilled and grateful to have the support of REA to acquire this state of the art 3-D printer,” said Amy Kavalewitz, executive director of the OEDK. “Our students will have one more amazing tool available to solve their engineering design challenges; and they will be reminded that the whole Rice Engineering Alumni community supports their education.”
Prasad said that providing a tool that students can use was an important driving factor to the campaign.
“We saw what a great impact our gift to the mech lab had,” she said. “And it was pretty clear to us that we wanted to continue to find ways to direct funds to projects that had that kind of direct impact for students and their engineering education.”
Anyone wishing to donate to the REA’s fundraising campaign can do so by going to the Rice Annual Fund’s page
and selecting REA as the designation.