Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, has announced a $15 million gift from alumnus Kevin T. Crofton ('82) in support of its Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering and Division of Student Affairs.
The gift includes $14 million for the Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering, which will be named in honor of Crofton, president and CEO of SPTS Technologies, a global semiconductor and microelectronic device manufacturing company headquartered in the United Kingdom.
"Kevin's gift will heighten the aerospace and ocean engineering department's role at the university," said Don Taylor, interim dean of the university's College of Engineering. "With a gift of this size, we can enhance learning for our engineering students and allow faculty, students, and staff to collaborate on cross-cutting, complex research projects."
The $1 million gift to Student Affairs — the largest cash gift to that division in the university's history — will benefit initiatives through VT Engage, the school's service-learning and civic-engagement center.
"I chose Virginia Tech because it has one of the best aerospace programs in the country," said Crofton, who once aspired to become an astronaut. "The education I received is one that taught me to be inquisitive, data-driven, and respectful of science. The social environment exposed me to different people, cultures, and views of life."