In honor of AERO’S Centennial year, alum Richard Auhll has challenged fellow alumni and friends to support the department’s students by matching up to $100k in total for new endowments for AERO student support. As of today, we are excited to report that we are $24,394.83 shy of reaching Richard’s goal. We extend our gratitude to the 76 alumni and supporters who have already joined the Auhll Match Challenge Team. Starting this month, partners will be selected randomly and highlighted in our e-newsletter until we reach the $100k goal, equal to $200k in student scholarships!
Aero would like to thank Phillip W. Burns (BSAE ’91) for his recent contribution to the Auhll Match Challenge Fund. When asked what motivated him to give, he stated, “I think UM is a wonderful institution and it makes you feel special when you are accepted, when you are there, and when you leave.”
Michigan born and raised, Phillip knew that he belonged at the University of Michigan, “…only one school for me and only applied to the engineering school.” During his years at UM he excelled in math, but admittedly wasn’t too thrilled about his LSA courses. Phillip recognizes that his aerospace engineering degree equipped him for a promising career, and for that he gives back, “…it is the college that accepted me, taught me and provided me with my analytical thinking and, ultimately my degree.”
After graduation, Phillip found his calling in investment management. He is the founder of Maple Knoll Capital, a new investment management firm based in London. Prior to this, Phillip was CEO of Corestate Capital, Managing Director at Terra Firma Capital Partners, Vice President at Goldman Sacks, and was corporate attorney at Skadden Arps. In addition to his Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan, he holds a Juris Doctor, summa cum laude, from Syracuse University.
With the help of Auhll Match Challenge Team partners like Phillip and 75 others, we can provide students with scholarships to help them pursue their dreams for a solid foundation in aerospace engineering. Join the team! Make your contribution today.