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Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture ChEBE Newsletter – Winter 2014

Bill Thomson Fund Grows, Helping Students in the Lab

Bill ThomsonSupport for the Bill Thomson Fund is off to a strong start with more than $130,000 in commitments, chairs from 20 graduating classes to rally classmates, more than 1,000 letters sent to chemical engineering alumni, and tremendous support for the effort to help undergraduate education in the Voiland School.

The fund honors Bill Thomson’s legacy of preparing Cougar chemical engineers for careers in industry. Many alumni fondly remember Thomson, emeritus chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering and former director of the O.H. Reagh Laboratory for Oil and Gas Processing. He has been a longtime advocate of a strong undergraduate program, even while the school developed a strong graduate program.

The Thomson Fund will provide a source of funding to hire instructors, specifically those with industrial experience. The fund provides support for a part-time faculty position that will focus on teaching process design and safety and on giving undergraduate students a hands-on industry perspective. The position will be filled by an experienced process engineer — probably someone who is retired from a successful career in the process industries.

The Thomson Fund goal is for annual commitments from alumni and donors for up to five years.

Support for the Thomson Fund is part of The Campaign for Washington State University: Because the World Needs Big Ideas. Since July 2006, the campaign has raised more than $844.1 million toward a $1 billion goal to increase support for WSU’s students, faculty, research, and programs and to leverage the University’s impact across the state, nation, and world. For more information on how you can support the fund, please contact Devon Anderson at 509-335-2197 or