2012-2013

Donald N. Zwiep Memorial Gift Funds for WPI Engineering

Marcia Zwiep and her family have generously provided funds to establish the Donald N. Zwiep Faculty Award and the Memorial Scholarship Fund at WPI.

Marcia Zwiep and her family have generously provided funds to establish the Donald N. Zwiep Faculty Award and the Memorial Scholarship Fund at WPI.  The Faculty Award will be given to a tenured faculty member in the Mechanical Engineering Department and the Scholarship will be awarded to outstanding undergraduate students in the Mechanical Engineering Department. “Nothing gave my husband more pleasure than to give one of his faculty a named professorship or to give awards to students,” Marcia Zwiep said.

Selçuk Güçeri, Dean of Engineering said, "This gift is an excellent move to bring the name of late Professor Donald N. Zwiep, one of our most distinguished former faculty and academic leaders, into perpetuity. We are most grateful to Mrs. Zwiep for making this gift to help us educate future leaders who will in follow in the footsteps of Prof. Zwiep.”

The Donald N. Zwiep Faculty Award will be given to a tenured faculty member in the Mechanical Engineering Department who demonstrates exemplary achievement and excellence in teaching and research and whose accomplishments will strengthen the capabilities and reputation of the Department.

Qualified undergraduate students in pursuit of a Mechanical Engineering degree who have demonstrated not only academic abilities, but also a strong commitment to giving back to their communities and their profession will be candidates for the Zwiep Memorial Scholarship. The first scholarship will be awarded to a sophomore demonstrating financial need; this student will be known as a recipient of the Zwiep Memorial Scholarship. The second scholarship will be awarded to a senior pursuing a mechanical engineering degree with emphasis in design. This student will be known as the Donald N. Zwiep Scholar.

Donald N. Zwiep was the longest serving academic department head in WPI's history. He came to the university in 1957 as head of the Mechanical Engineering Department and held that post until he stepped down in 1988 to serve as acting provost. During his 31-year tenure, undergraduate enrollment quadrupled and graduate programs were inaugurated. The Manufacturing program was formalized under his leadership, and a graduate program in Materials Science and Engineering was launched, as well as the Fire Protection program and the Aerospace Engineering program.  In 1965, during WPI's centennial year, the university awarded Dr. Zwiep an honorary doctorate in engineering.

March 18, 2013

 
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