Celebrating Our Donors: Faculty Support

Support First-Class Faculty

With your help, we can ensure that the many opportunities for research with significant scientific merit and promise for attracting external attention are adequately funded. Endowed chairs and professorships are fundamental to both enhancing the College’s reputation for superior research and attracting future investment. Support for fully endowed faculty positions will strengthen our ability to attract even more superior faculty and solidify our public-private partnership.

The College of Engineering constantly seeks faculty who can expand our research competencies and accelerate our efforts to be nationally recognized in such areas as energy, clean water, the environment, health care, transportation, safety, and security. Traditional rank and salary by themselves no longer provide us with a competitive edge in recruiting both seasoned faculty and rising stars. Excellence is defined with resources such as endowed chairs and professorships, some of the highest honors a professor can achieve and proven ingredients in recruiting and retaining the best faculty.

Jerome “Jerry” M. Paros, the Founder and CEO of Paroscientific, Inc. and one of the largest contributors to the College of Engineering, received a Distinguished Achievement Award from the university at its commencement ceremonies on May 13. Paros is an internationally recognized innovator and leader in the field of measurement sciences, the owner of more than 20 U.S. patents, a successful businessman, and a visionary philanthropist. Paros has established endowments at a number of national universities, including the Jerome M. Paros Fund for Measurement and Environmental Sciences Research at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, created with a gift of $2 million. That fund currently supports the NSF Engineering Research Center on Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere.

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Funding for outstanding faculty and the research they perform goes well beyond offering market-driven salaries. Critical research support, bright graduate students, and professional advancement all lead to groundbreaking developments – and require funding. The financial support of donors, combined with university funds, fortifies faculty efforts. Additionally, well-funded research that shows promise often begets further attention and support.