Recent alumni gifts will benefit MSE students and programs

Recent alumni gifts will benefit MSE students and programs

MSE alums Nathaniel L. Field and Neil A. Weissman recently established funds that will benefit MSE students and programs.

MSE is excited to announce two funds recently established by generous MSE alumni:

Nathaniel L. Field (BSE ME ’59, MSE ’59) has provided a gift to establish the Nathaniel L. Field Materials Science and Engineering Scholarship Fund for Metals Research. This endowed scholarship fund will provide need-based support to undergraduate students in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering whose academic focus surrounds metals research.  

A proud alumnus, Mr. Field holds two degrees from the University of Michigan College of Engineering.  He earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and master’s degree in mechanical engineering, both in 1959. Field also established another endowment fund in 2016, the Nathaniel L. Field Student Support Fund, which provides need-based support to students in the Mechanical Engineering Department who are preferably from Michigan’s northern lower peninsula or upper peninsula. He and his wife, Judith Field (BBA ’61, AMLS ’63, MBA ’69), reside in Northville, Michigan. 

Neil A. Weissman (BSE MSE ’95) has established the Neil A. Weissman Fund for Materials Science and Engineering to support programs or purchase equipment forundergraduate student laboratory research. The expendable fund will be used at the discretion of the chair of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.

"This fund represents my way of giving back to an incredible academic program that was a critical component in my development and success in life," Weissman said. "My experience as an undergraduate MSE student provided me a strong foundation of analytical and problem solving skills that I still rely on today.  The research I did as an undergraduate was a critical component of these experiences and my hope is that this fund provides many other students this wonderful opportunity for many years to come." 

Weissman is a member of the MSE External Advisory Board (EAB), and currently serves as managing director of the Weissman Eppler Investment Group of Wells Fargo Advisors in Ann Arbor. He is a member of the executive board for the Friendship Circle, a West Bloomfield-based nonprofit that helps families of individuals with special needs, and also serves on the advisory board for the ChadTough Foundation, a local organization whose mission is to fund research and raise awareness for pediatric brain cancer. Weissman lives in Canton, with his wife Stacy and their two children.