Fostering Renaissance in Engineering

Named for the great innovator Leonardo da Vinci, the College established the da Vinci Circle in 2005 to recognize and nurture 21st-century renaissance in science and engineering powered by discoveries in microtechnology, nanotechnology and biotechnology. 

About 300 individuals and corporations participating in the da Vinci Circle over the last decade have provided tremendous support to the College’s unrestricted funds, which are vital to the success of students and faculty.

Read on to learn more about a community of supporters who play a major role in advancing the College as a world leader in engineering education and research, and join the da Vinci Circle today.


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Nurturing 21st-Century Renaissance in Engineering

Watch the video and see what students, faculty, staff and donors have to say about the Da Vinci Circle.

“As a supporter of the da Vinci Circle, you will partner with us to fulfill our vision of becoming a global leader in technology innovation.”

College of Engineering Interim Dean Larry Head

Unrestricted Gifts

Da Vinci Circle supporters give $2,500 or more per year to College of Engineering unrestricted funds. Contributions, which include support for the annual da Vinci Circle Fellow award, are made to the da Vinci Circle Fund, Dean’s Engineering Annual Fund and departmental general funds.

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Dynamic Duo

"This is a very complex world we are living in, and every day we seem to have more and more problems. The best insurance policy anybody can give is to provide a better education for future generations.”
Sylvia Burton, Da Vinci Circle supporter

Scholars' Fund

Michael Arnold, chair of the da Vinci Circle board, helped establish the da Vinci Scholars’ Fund in partnership with the Community Finance Corporation to reinforce the College’s dedication to providing student scholarships. As a da Vinci Circle supporter, we invite you to make an additional annual gift of $1,000 to the fund. And be sure to check out the 2020 da Vinci scholars!

Da Vinci Scholars
Juliana Ordine, Class of 2019

Juliana Ordine

Class of 2019

“I was able to focus all my time on schoolwork and my research, which has been truly enlightening. If it weren’t for the financial support, I likely would have had to find a job unrelated to my field.”

Juliana Ordine, Class of 2019, chemical engineering

Annual Gift Commitment

Innovators – Donors who provide an annual unrestricted gift of $2,500 to $4,999
Innovators Plus – Innovators who provide an additional $1,000 gift to the da Vinci Scholars’ Fund

Pioneers – Donors who provide an annual unrestricted gift of $5,000 to $9,999
Pioneers Plus – Pioneers who provide an additional $1,000 gift to the da Vinci Scholars’ Fund

Visionaries – Donors who provide an annual unrestricted gift of $10,000 and up
Visionaries Plus – Visionaries who provide an additional $1,000 gift to the da Vinci Scholars’ Fund

UA Recognition Societies
All da Vinci Circle donors are also members of The President’s Club. Additionally, donors who give $10,000 or more become members of the 1885 Society.

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Lisa Fahey

Lisa Fahey

Lisa Fahey
Associate Director of Development

Special da Vinci Circle Engagements

  • Exclusive annual updates from the dean
  • Events to explore engineering, science and the arts
  • Reserved seating at the Engineers’ Breakfast held during homecoming weekend each fall
  • Invitation to judge on Engineering Design Day held each spring
  • Recognition in UA Engineering alumni publication

Invitations for Pioneers and Visionaries

  • Opportunities to join the dean and other distinguished faculty and friends for special University, College, athletic and regional events
  • Access to campus concierge service – assistance with parking, arranging tours, and other campus needs – through the College’s  development office


Annual Membership Gift Levels

Da Vinci Fellows

Talented and resourceful faculty advance academic programs and research in the College of Engineering. Generous da Vinci Circle supporters select one member of the faculty each year as a da Vinci Fellow, and recognize the awardee with a one-time grant of $10,000.

College of Engineering da Vinci Fellows
  2020 Hao Xin 2011 Jennifer Barton
  2019 Dr. Marvin Slepian 2010 Paul Blowers
  2018 Armin Sorooshian 2009 Bane Vasic
  2017 Janet Roveda 2008 Supapan Seraphin
  2016 Larry Head
2007 Barry Ganapol
  2015 Wolfgang Fink
2005 Achintya Haldar
Charles Higgins
Anthony Muscat
2014 Kim Ogden
2013 Eniko Enikov
  2012 Young-Jun Son
2004 Pamela Vandiver

2020 Da Vinci Scholars

Kirsten Lynn Bassett
Siria Camacho
Alexander Shelton Doumas
Elizabeth Beatriz Hernandez
Jhett Brady Judd
Ksenia Oresta Komarnyckyj
Robert Cody MacDonald
Thinh Phu Nguyen
Charles Brigham Perkins
Nathaniel Gregory Pott
Rachel Jeanine Sinclair
Jalen Anthony Volz

Dr. Marvin Slepian: 2019 da Vinci Fellow