School of Engineering Receives $623K Gift

School of Engineering Receives $623K Gift

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The generosity of Vincent Masi ’54 will help support and strengthen student initiatives such as the SAE Baja Buggy team of engineers.

The gift from the estate of Bridgeport Engineering Institute alumnus Vincent Masi '54 will fund engineering scholarships, grants, and student engagement initiatives for years to come.

Fairfield University and the School of Engineering is pleased to announce that the estate of Bridgeport Engineering Institute alumnus Vincent Masi '54 has gifted $623,000 to the School of Engineering. 

“The generosity of Mr. Masi, as expressed through his transformative gift, will directly impact our student experience as well as increase access through scholarships. As we approach the centenary of the Bridgeport Engineering Institute, we will further honor his memory by celebrating the remarkable legacy of the predecessor of today’s School of Engineering,” said Dean of the School of Engineering Andres Carrano, PhD.

Working with Masi’s family in his memory, the gift will honor the late alumnus’ legacy by ensuring the continued growth of the engineering program at Fairfield. The gift will be used to increase mission-driven engineering scholarships (aimed at increasing access to underserved populations), to fund an undergraduate summer research program, and to create and support student engagement initiatives including a student ambassador program, and various engineering clubs and organizations.

After serving in the Navy during World War II, Masi attended Bridgeport Engineering Institute where he became a skilled tool and die maker. Following his time at BEI and his service in the Korean War, Masi worked for more than 20 years at Pitney Bowes in Stamford, Connecticut.

The Bridgeport Engineering Institute (BEI) became the current School of Engineering after a merger in 1994 resulted in the formation of the BEI School of Engineering at Fairfield University. BEI was founded in 1924 with a mission to deliver quality engineering education to the citizens of southern Connecticut.

Since its 1994 inception, the School of Engineering has grown from two original electrical and mechanical engineering programs to now include undergraduate programs in biomedical engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering. A selection of five-year BS/MS programs are available, including  Management of Technology and Data Science. Graduate programs are offered in Data Science, Cybersecurity, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Management of Technology, Mechanical Engineering, and Software Engineering.

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