Lyle quadrangle

Energizing world change

Lyle School of Engineering

Activating innovation

The Lyle School of Engineering develops future leaders by empowering students with exceptional engineering and innovation skills. Lyle is home to five engineering departments in addition to centers and institutes that advance leadership, engineering education and cyber security. Our students, faculty and programs regularly improve the lives of those in underserved communities. At Lyle, we galvanize engineers who change the world.

SMU Fund for Lyle

When you give to the SMU Fund for Lyle, you help ignite creative ideas and inventions by supporting our highest-priority needs, including critical lab enhancements, research travel grants, and recruitment and retention of the best faculty.

Make an impact

Create your legacy

Establishing an endowment creates a permanent legacy honoring or memorializing the life and work of an individual or organization and changes the lives of students and scholars. A named fund established with a gift of $125,000 or more allows us to offset the rising cost of higher education by providing a dependable source of income for student and faculty investment and minimizing the need for continued tuition increases. You also help us accomplish some of our greatest priorities by supporting:
Faculty positions

SMU scholars conduct research on crucial issues, fuel scientific and technical innovation and spur economic growth regionally and nationally. At Lyle, we’re raising the bar even higher. We want to attract faculty who are not only leaders, inventors and experts in their fields, but also innovators who advance knowledge in a range of fields from microbiorobotics to large-scale wireless networks.


Future-focused, long-term support endowment funds are a powerful and enduring source of support. They help ensure SMU’s long-term financial strength and typically also provide a consistent level of support for the faculty after a four-year maturation, which allows SMU to plan for the future.


Research funding promotes opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to work closely with faculty on critical solutions with real implications.

“Environmental engineering stood out to me. The more I learned about it, how it addresses so many issues that impact our daily lives now and in the future, I decided to go that route. SMU was the best fit. With financial aid and scholarships, I’m able to study at one of the nation’s top schools.”

– Azucena Milan ’20, ’21, double major in environmental engineering and mathematics

Students in engineering lab

Spark new ideas

Your gift to the SMU Lyle Research Impact Fund bridges the gap between inspiration and implementation. Our faculty members generate ideas with great potential. Bringing those ideas to life often begins with funding for preliminary research and testing – critical early steps in attracting the external funding necessary for real-world implementation. Your investment in promising early-stage research can catalyze an idea into a world-changing project and elevate the school’s research profile.

Lyle school fast facts

  • 34%

    women undergraduates

  • 15+

    years over 30% women engineering students

  • 3 out of 4

    undergrads receive financial aid

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As the premier private university in North Texas, SMU exists to shape future leaders who transform communities and organizations through ingenuity and thoughtful problem-solving. Building on our history of excellence, we have launched SMU Ignited: Boldly Shaping Tomorrow – our multiyear, $1.5 billion campaign to attract and support outstanding students and faculty, to explore new fields and cutting-edge technologies, and to positively impact Dallas and the world beyond. We invite you to join us and empower the bold, the curious and the creative to better their professions and their communities.

Blaze a new path
Maya Jhangiani
Director of Development
Lyle School of Engineering or 214-768-3534