Message from the President of the College of Engineering Alumni Association

Dear UM College of Engineering Alumni and Friends,

Welcome to your portal for interacting with the College and its alumni. All alumni of the University of Miami College of Engineering (UMCoE) are automatically members of the College of Engineering Alumni Association (CoEAA). As members, we invite you to join us at one of our many events throughout the year, as well as to connect and engage with us online.

This is an exciting time for UMCoE! Last year, the University broke ground on the Frost Institutes for Science and Engineering – the centerpiece of the $100 million donation by Phillip and Patricia Frost to support STEM research and education. The College also opened the UM College of Engineering – Johnson & Johnson 3D Printing Center of Excellence Collaborative Laboratory to promote student research and projects in the area of additive manufacturing. Another major point of pride for the College was the Third Annual College of Engineering Senior Design Expo where our undergraduate students showcased their innovative capstone projects to more than 600 students, alumni, family and friends.

Congratulations to Robert Weaver, our outgoing CoEAA president, on a successful tenure! Under his leadership, the alumni association enjoyed a significant increase in alumni participation. Our homecoming breakfast continued its steady growth with the attendance of more than 200 alumni, faculty, staff and students. Last year, we also held a watch party at Fado Irish Pub to cheer on the Hurricanes football team. The CoEAA hosted its second annual family fun day, which will be coming again this spring. We also continued to support the College’s students by financially supporting organizations, from hosting a “Welcome to the Club” happy hour for graduating seniors, to participating in the “Celebration of Diversity in Engineering” featuring alumni of various backgrounds and disciplines who mentored members of SWE, SHPE, SASE, and NSBE. Finally, the alumni association volunteered to gift wrap presents over the holidays.

This coming year, we will continue to be busy with outreach and engagement efforts for our alumni. One of the primary goals of our alumni association is to create opportunities to connect you with UMCoE and the University in ways that are meaningful.

Our focus this academic year will be:

  • Increasing the visibility of our alumni association by continuing to grow past, successful alumni events while exploring new outreach ideas for our alumni
  • Supporting UMCoE’s current students with both financial support for meritorious student projects, as well as the alumni association’s time and mentorship
  • Improving the percentage of alumni giving back to the College


With respect to the last point, UMCoE’s alumni giving rates are currently well under the average alumni giving rate for the University as a whole. The percentage of alumni giving factors heavily into rankings such as the U.S. News & World Report. We are dedicated to ensuring the College does it part in promoting alumni support. Please consider making a donation, even a small one, to support the College’s mission and improve the value of your degree.


Finally, please consider downloading the University of Miami Alumni Association’s App. We will be using this new application as another tool this coming year to interact and engage with our alumni. You also can follow us on social media through our Facebook and LinkedIn pages.

We look forward to your participation. Please dont hesitate to reach out with any questions or suggestions. I can be reached at


Raul Velarde
President, CoEAA

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