"We love UT, we love the School of Engineering and we love Friends of Alec. What we have received from UT is invaluable and can never be returned in kind."

– Kris Dixit, M.S. EE '04, and Harini Shah, M.S. EE '04

"I was supported by scholarships as a student, and the education I received changed my life. Education is a game changer and to be able to pay it forward means the world to me."

– Jerri Paul, B.S. ME '95, M.S. Manufacturing Systems '97

"Establishing my endowment was a way to give back to the institution that prepared me to have a successful career and rewarding life. The chance to exercise my company’s match was an enabler to my decision."

– Phillip H. Cook, B.S. ME '70

"This may not be much, but I know I have just begun my career thanks to the Cockrell School. This is just one of many gifts to come over the course of my new career."

– Mark Cavazos, B.S. ArchE, '03

"Thanks for your efforts to get the students out to support the school. I think it is great to get students giving while they are still here so it becomes more of a habit."

– Emily Chen, B.S. BME '11

"This gift is a small token from my first paycheck. I'm thankful for the education I got at the university and cherish the experiences with the people I met during grad school."

– Abraham K. John, M.S. PE '03, Ph.D. PE '08

"It's truly my pleasure to give back a small token to UT and the School of Engineering for the many benefits I received. I hope my small contribution can encourage students to strive to make a difference."

– Doug Osterhus, B.S. ChE '75

Friends of Alec

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What started in 1974 as a handful of alumni pooling funds to support the Cockrell School’s strategic initiatives, scholarships, seven engineering departments, and student programs has become the most successful annual giving program on campus.  Our generous donors, known as Friends of Alec, are dedicated to making engineering students stand out on the UT campus with innovative ideas and a motivation to succeed inside and outside the classroom. In 2011-12, engineering alumni and friends donated $1.44 million to the Friends of Alec to help support these young innovators to become engineering leaders and tackle our world’s grand challenges.  The average gift last year of $318 is a sign of the commitment our alumni and friends have made to enhancing engineering education.

Impact of Philanthropy

All gifts to Friends of Alec have an immediate impact on the Cockrell School’s students, faculty, and staff.  Learn more

Your gift, no matter the amount, will help us achieve our 2012-13 goals.  Below are just a few examples of what unrestricted gifts can help accomplish:

$250 – Fund a student organization’s membership meetings for a semester.
$500 – Cover one semester of textbooks for an engineering student.
$1000 – Register a team of students for an engineering competition or conference.
$2500 – Provide a partial scholarship to an engineering student.

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2013-14 Goals

Join us in achieving our most ambitious goals to date! Learn more

Improve alumni giving

Nearly 12% of engineering alumni give to various programs across the university, but only 5% of engineering alumni give back to the Cockrell School. Our 2013-14 goal is to increase alumni giving to the Cockrell School of Engineering. When you earmark your gift for the Cockrell School, you know you are investing back in UT Austin engineering programs.

Increase credit card donations

By giving via credit card, either when speaking to one of our Friends of Alec student callers or when online, your pledge is immediately fulfilled, making it unnecessary for us to use donated funds to pay for operating costs.

Encourage Sustaining Gifts

Donors now have the option of setting up Sustaining Gifts directly from the University online giving page. You can choose to give a certain amount each month versus one lump sum gift. Sustaining Gifts help Friends of Alec donors increase their total giving by splitting a large gift ($1,200) up into more manageable payments ($100/month), for example.

Raise $1.5 million

By implementing our first three goals successfully, we hope to have our best fundraising year ever and break the $1.5 million mark for the first time. If alumni and friends agree to make a gift at or above last year's average gift amount of $318, we will be well on our way to achieving our goal.

Who is Alec?


Alec, also known as Alexander Frederick Claire, is a well-known tradition at the Cockrell School and the namesake for Friends of Alec. Watch a video to learn more about the patron saint of engineers.

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How to Give

How to give

By giving to the Cockrell School through Friends of Alec, you provide immediate support to areas of the school with the greatest need. ensuring students continue to have access to world-class programs, scholarships and diverse student organizations.

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Corporate Champions

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Corporate Champions are companies that have a special relationship with Friends of Alec and the Cockrell School. They often support the school with gifts of time, talent and more.

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Student Involvement

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Students are encouraged to get involved with Friends of Alec, whether it's supporting the student giving campaign, working in the call center or participating in the Alec Building Contest.

Contact Us

Marcela DeFaria, director
Phone: 512-471-4080
Fax: 512-471-5555
Address: 301 E. Dean Keeton St., C2104
Austin, Texas 78712

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