Olin College of Engineering // 2016 Impact Report

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Scholarships, Curriculum and
Student Projects
Supporting the heart of Olin

Olin was founded to be an important and constant contributor to the transformation of engineering education. The key to fulfilling that mission is supporting talented students, advancing curriculum innovation and making possible student learning through projects—all of which you supported this year through your generous donations. Here’s an overview of the impact:


Scholarship Impact:

Need-based aid

    • 130 students received a need-based scholarship in FY16, representing 38% of the Olin student body. The average need-based award was $21,389, in addition to the Olin Merit Scholarship.
    • Olin raised $214,342 in need-based scholarships. Your support contributed to the $2.5M that Olin provided to help students and families meet the need of their education.


Alumni Merit Scholarship Fund

    • Olin raised over $51,300 for the Alumni Merit Endowed Scholarship Fund (AMSF) in June, including $28,405 (142% of goal) raised through crowdfunding and a total of $103,547 raised for AMSF in all of FY16.

Curricular Impact:

    • Curriculum Innovation Fund: This year, the fund supported curriculum innovation—including new courses such as Quantitative Engineering Analysis (QEA) and Chemistry in Context—as well as interdisciplinary teaching and assessment.
    • Moody Innovation Fellows: This year, a new “Environments Workshop” organized summer efforts to improve the new QEA course, increase safety training and data gathering in the machine shop and investigate greater faculty use of the library as a setting for learning.
    • Undergraduate Research and course support: Funds supported students doing research with faculty on various topics and helped improve existing courses.


Student Projects:

Crowdfunding donations provided vital support to various student teams and initiatives, allowing them to build their vehicles and devices and participate in competitions:

    • REVO Electric Racing raised $2,750 (137% of goal)
    • Olin Baja raised $4,615 (102% goal)
    • Robotic Sailing raised $6,630 (82% of goal)
    • ADE – Brightbox hands-on learning tool raised $2,160 (27% of goal)


Academic Equipment:

A hands-on learning environment like Olin’s needs continual updating of equipment and facilities. Olin donors were equal to the task. Olin’s 2016 REVO Electric Racing team.

    • $73,800 to support $50,000 challenge –totaling $123,800 for state-of-the-art equipment