Message from Dr. Eileen Van Aken, Department Head

Eileen M. Van Aken

Eileen M. Van Aken
Eileen Van Aken

The Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering is among the world's leading ISE departments in research, education, and professional outreach, but we are not yet as good as we would like to be. The Commonwealth of Virginia is generous with us, but as many of you already know, the funds that they provide are simply not adequate to cover the expenses associated with running a world class operation. Thus, we depend upon the generosity of our friends and alumni to support our mission of leadership and continuous improvement.

Giving to ISE at Virginia Tech can provide student scholarships, it can support our undergraduate and graduate teaching missions, and it can enable us to offer courses in important emerging areas within ISE. Your giving can also help us to maintain state-of-the-art research facilities and to develop new laboratories to support exciting new research areas. It also helps us to attract and retain the world's best faculty members. Finally, your giving can provide vital operating funds to help us with our day-to-day activities. In short, your giving helps us to remain competitive with other top-10 departments and it is vital to our success.

There are a number of ways you can give to the ISE department. Although gifts can be designated to any area of the university, your gift must be specifically designated for the ISE department if you want to support us directly. You can make a pledge or make a gift with your credit card using the Virginia Tech online pledge form.

On behalf of the Grado Department of ISE, I would like to thank each of our donors for the support that you provide. We simply could not function at such a high level without you, and we will need your even more in the future. If you are visiting Blacksburg in the near future, please feel free to drop by for a visit.



Eileen M. Van Aken, Ph.D.
Professor and Department Head

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