$2 million gift endows department head chair

$2 million gift endows department head chair

Alumnus Nick Des Champs and wife Rebecca Des Champs of Las Vegas, Nevada have donated $2 million to establish a faculty chair in the Department of Mechanical Engineering within Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering.

Des Champs’ gift creates a generous fund under the direction of Azim Eskandarian, who now holds the designation of Nicholas and Rebecca Des Champs Chair in Mechanical Engineering.

“I am humbled, honored, and thankful to have received this professorship as the department head of mechanical engineering at Virginia Tech. On behalf of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and myself, I would like to express our deepest appreciation to Nick Des Champs, Becky Des Champs, and their family for this generous gift and the opportunities it creates for our department and students,” Eskandarian said. “This is setting a new legacy under their name for new discovery and findings and training students in our department.”

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