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John Somerhalder, Engineering Alumnus of the Year 2016
From left: UA Alumni Association President Melinda Burke, John Somerhalder, and College of Engineering Dean Jeff Goldberg, at the 2016 UA Alumni Awards. (Photo: Jacob Chinn)

A Forward-Looking Donor

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A Forward-Looking Donor

Oct. 16, 2017
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The College of Engineering's 2016 Alumnus of the Year and his wife make a million-dollar gift to the college.

John Somerhalder ’77 and his wife, Rebecca, have made a $1 million gift to the Dean’s Endowed Fund for Excellence in Engineering, a crucial resource for College of Engineering Dean Jeffrey Goldberg and future deans of the college.

This year, Goldberg will use the funding to train faculty in collaborative teaching.

I’ve been side by side with engineers from universities like MIT and Purdue and Georgia Tech over the past 40 years. I believe the UA provided absolutely the highest level of education ..."