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MU College of Engineering receives nearly $3 million gift to support student fellowship and faculty

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The University of Missouri announced a $2.85 million estate gift to the College of Engineering.

Mizzou alumna Sharon L. Langenbeck's gift will create an endowed chair and an endowed student fellowship in mechanical and aerospace engineering.

“This gift celebrates the future of Mizzou’s academic excellence, and we’re grateful to Sharon Langenbeck for her generosity,” University of Missouri President Mun Choi said. “Our students and faculty are helping solve the world’s toughest problems. With her gift, future generations will be able to follow in Sharon’s footsteps.”

The new faculty position will be the Sharon L. Langenbeck, Ph.D. Endowed Chair in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. The new student fellowship will be the Sharon L. Langenbeck, Ph.D. Endowed Fellowship in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

“We’re grateful to Mizzou alumna Sharon Langenbeck for her generous gift to the College of Engineering,” Vice Chancellor for Advancement Jackie Lewis said. “This contribution will continue to support the foundation for student and faculty success at Mizzou.”

Current graduate student Elizabeth Bellott, who is pursuing a doctorate in mechanical and aerospace engineering, is the first Langenbeck fellow. She hopes to one day work in the industry or government on problems and systems related to sustainability and renewable energy and likes how research in mechanical and aerospace engineering spans multiple fields and industries.

“Our alumni from Mizzou Engineering are visionaries,” said Noah Manring, interim dean of the College of Engineering. “As more employers are hiring college graduates with science, technology, engineering and mathematics degrees, we are grateful for Dr. Langenbeck’s support to help open the door for future generations to pursue their dreams at Mizzou of becoming an engineer.”

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