University of Arizona

da Vinci Circleda Vinci Circle: Paying It Forward

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

Today da Vinci Circle members number about 300 individuals and corporations. Together, their financial gifts support faculty and students working on groundbreaking research to build a better, more sustainable future for us all.   

Join the da Vinci Circle today, and help keep the College of Engineering on its path to becoming a top-10 public engineering college and a world leader in technology innovation.



“As a member 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 Dean Jeff Goldberg

Annual Membership Gift LevelsAnnual Membership Gift Levels

Explorers - $500 to $999 (graduated less than 10 years ago or non-alumni 30 and younger)
Catalysts - $1,000 to $2,499
Innovators - $2,500 to $4,999
Pioneers - $5,000 to $9,999
Visionaries - $10,000 and up

You choose how the funds are used. Let the College direct your unrestricted gifts to the programs most needing them. Or, earmark them for specific departments or programs.

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College of Engineering da Vinci Fellows
  2015 Wolfgang Fink

2010 Paul Blowers
  2014 Kim Ogden

2009 Bane Vasic
  2013 Eniko Enikov

2008 Supapan Seraphin
  2012 Young-Jun Son

2007 Barry Ganapol
  2011 Jennifer Barton 2005 Achintya Haldar
Charles Higgins
Anthony Muscat

da Vinci Fellows

Talented and resourceful faculty advance academic programs and research in the College of Engineering. Generous da Vinci Circle members 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.






Wolfgang Fink: 2015 da Vinci Fellow

da Vinci scholarsda Vinci Scholars

Thanks to the generosity of da Vinci Circle members, the College of Engineering awards on average 10 da Vinci scholarships each year to exceptional students.


2015 da Vinci Scholars

Lindsay Bahureksa, biomedical engineering
Jarek Carroll, mining engineering
Timothy Ebinger, electrical and computer engineering
Jason Hallowell, mining engineering

Patrick Hughes, civil engineering
Ali Khan, optical sciences and engineering
Emily Leones, electrical and computer engineering
Amber Pfau, systems and industrial engineering

Rachel Powers, electrical and computer engineering
Ernnon Quanah, civil engineering
Mark Sellers, electrical and computer engineering

A Dynamic Duo

Dynamic Duo

Da Vinci members often come in pairs. One such “dynamic duo” is the alumni team of Dan and Cindy Klingberg. “Dan and Cindy’s support has been unwavering. Not only do they contribute financially; they also serve as board members and on the selection committee for da Vinci scholars.”– Michael Arnold, da Vinci Circle Board chair

da Vinci Circle Benefits

All da Vinci Circle members:

  • Invitation to the annual da Vinci Circle dinner, where donors meet and catch up with the students and faculty they are helping, each spring
  • Exclusive da Vinci Circle excursions, and invitations to programs in engineering, science, technology and the arts
  • Reserved seating at the Annual Engineers’ Breakfast during Homecoming
  • Subscription to the da Vinci Circle newsletter published twice a year

 Annual donors of $2,500 or more:           

  • Invitations to join the dean for special college, athletic and regional events
  • Campus Concierge Service: Help with on-campus parking and campus tours




Contact our development team for more on all the ways to support the UA College of Engineering.

Michael J.

Michael J. McKelvey
Senior Director of Development

Margie V.
Puerta Edson

Margie V. Puerta Edson, CFRE
Senior Director of Development


Claudia Arias
Program Coordinator, Sr.


We’ll work with you and your financial advisors to plan a gift that meets your philanthropic goals.

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