Shippensburg University and the Shippensburg University Foundation are pleased to announce the newly named Milton and Doreen Morgan School of Engineering and Laboratory. The naming, announced during a ceremony on September 27, honors the couple’s transformational gift that will impact university students today and well into the future.
“The desire to achieve perfection drives innovation towards a goal we will never achieve, but as we advance technologically, the demand for engineers in multiple disciplines explodes exponentially. Shippensburg University has taken a leadership position as the only Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education School offering a program with various engineering degrees. Dory and I are thrilled to have a role in advancing this program to the next level, the School of Engineering,” said Milton K. Morgan III ’76.
The School of Engineering offers computer science (ABET accredited), computer engineering (ABET accredited), software engineering (ABET accredited), electrical engineering (ABET accredited), civil engineering and mechanical engineering. In 2020, the university renovated its decommissioned steam plant to create a state-of-the-art lab space where students gain hands-on experience as engineers. All six programs in the school focus on solving real-world problems and prioritize a balance of theory and hands-on experience.
The Morgan’s investment in Shippensburg University students provides for an engineering scholarship endowment, an engineering research endowment, equipment and instrumentation for the engineering laboratory, and angel investment dollars which will provide seed funds for student projects.
Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education Workforce Needs Assessment 2016–2026, a comprehensive and detailed evaluation of occupation demand and education supply across the Commonwealth, projects a 9 percent growth in STEM jobs, including engineers over this period. An analysis of workforce outcomes for Shippensburg graduates shows that five years post-graduation, 63 percent of Shippensburg’s STEM graduates are employed in the Commonwealth, with a median income of $54,017.
“We are so thankful for the generosity of Milton and Doreen Morgan and excited to advance the School of Engineering through their generous gift. The Morgans value innovation, education, and opportunity, which is what the School of Engineering is all about. We’re honored to carry the Morgan name and know it will inspire the next generation of engineers well into the future,” said Dr. Charles E. Patterson, president of Shippensburg University.
An innovator himself, Milton Morgan began working at J. Walter Miller Company, which was started in a one-car garage in Lancaster in 1887 by his great grandfather. The company grew into a major manufacturer of commercial brass and bronze castings, and in 1986, he was named president of the company. One of the major accomplishments during his presidency was the reduction on the company’s dependency on the fire protection industry from 98 percent to 30 percent of its production, while at the same time continuing to maintain its position as the largest producer of sand cast sprinkler heads in the country. He continued to expand the business by acquiring a machine shop and establishing a consumer products division prior to retiring in 2015.
“Milt and Dory Morgan’s significant philanthropy to the Shippensburg University Foundation will advance the mission of Shippensburg University’s School of Engineering and President Patterson’s vision that will make an immediate and lasting impact on the lives of Ship’s engineering students. The naming of an academic college or school is the highest level of recognition the university can bestow. Now the Morgan name will be synonymous with the School of Engineering and the Engineering Laboratory.” Dr. Leslie Folmer Clinton, president & CEO, Shippensburg University Foundation.
For more information on the Milton and Doreen Morgan School of Engineering visit ship.edu/engineering.