George Bugliarello ('87), and his widow, Virginia, have always valued education. George, who died in 2011, spent most of his long and distinguished career in academia, first as dean of engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago and then as president andchancellor of Polytechnic Institute of New York University. And Virginia, who recently retired after serving 40 years as a librarian at the Port Washington, N.Y. public library, is a committed volunteer for an adult literacy program. So it seemed fitting to Virginia to honor George’s memory by making a generous gift to the National Academy of Engineering’s Engineer Girl program, dedicated to encouraging girls and young women to become engineers.
“In the early 70s, George organized a symposium when he was at the University of Illinois that was one of the first efforts in encouraging women to go into engineering,” Virginia said. “This gift to Engineer Girl felt perfect.”
Additionally, the gift recognizes George’s decades of service to the NAE. He was NAE’s foreign secretary from 2003 to 2011, the “interim” editor of the Bridge for more than 10 years, and a member of dozens of committees. “He was always involved because the NAE meant a lot to him. And by osmosis, it means a lot to me.”