Sidney engineers, past and present, gathered on Saturday to honour nearly five decades of service by Fellow in Engineering and former Senior Tutor Donald Green, and to help launch a new fund to support engineering in the College.

Sidney enjoys a reputation as one of Cambridge's pre-eminent engineering colleges and this is in no small part due to the work of Donald Green.

Donald was elected as a Fellow and Lecturer in Sidney in 1966 after serving in the army Corps of Royal Engineers. One of his first tasks was to reform the College's Stephenson Society as a place of academic discussion. Forty years later the Society is one of the chief assets of the Sidney engineering community, inviting distinguished speakers to College each term. Today the College has around 40 undergraduate engineers and eight fellows, including current Head of Department Professor Anne Dowling who began her research career alongside Donald.

Even after his official retirement in 1994 Donald continued, as he had done for many years, to support Sidney engineers with his expert and patient guidance in supervisions.

It is entirely fitting, therefore, to name this new fund after Donald. The Donald Green Fund aims to support the best possible education for the College's engineers, primarily through:

  • the support of College-sponsored engineering activities, such as the Stephenson Society
  • bursaries and a travel award to ensure that Sidney remains accessible to talented UK students, irrespective of their financial background
  • support of the College's Outreach Programme, to make potential Sidney Sussex students aware of Sidney and of our strength in engineering

You can read more about Donald Green's service to Sidney and the aims of the Donald Green Fund in issue 26 of Pheon.

If you would like to support the Donald Green Fund for Engineering, you can make a donation online via our Online Giving page or by downloading the 'Form to donate to the Fund' from this webpage.

This is an archived news story, first posted in 2010.

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