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The Grand Spectrophotometer Challenge

Raised toward our $5,000 Goal
55 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on May 06, at 11:59 PM MST
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You Made It Happen!

May 21, 2019

Dear alumni and friends,


What a fabulous conclusion to the Grand Spectrophotometer Challenge: Fifty-five alumni and friends donated $12,720 – that’s 254% of the original $5,000 crowdfunding goal. We are blown away by your generosity, and so very grateful!


The spectrophotometer, Sepa Cell, and other parts for the reverse osmosis system have been ordered, and they are on their way to the lab. We’ll let you know when the equipment arrives.


 If you’d like more information about this project or future undergraduate lab improvements, please contact me at or Holly Altman at


 Thank you for your dedication to CHEE’s undergraduate lab experience.




Anthony Muscat 

Chair and Professor

Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering

The University of Arizona


P.S. Here's a picture of CHEE students with the heat exchanger they built for their capstone senior design course this spring.

You Crushed It!

April 30, 2019

Dear alumni and friends,


With six days left in the Grand Spectrophotometer Challenge, 52 alumni and friends have donated $12,020. What a truly amazing accomplishment, especially considering the original goal was $5,000. Your generosity is making possible major improvements for the undergraduate lab.


The department can now purchase not only a new spectrophotometer but also a Sepa Cell, the main component of a reserve osmosis system.


I thank you. Our students thank you. We all thank you for supporting the undergraduate lab experience!



Anthony Muscat

Chair and Professor

Department of Chemical & Environmental Engineering

The University of Arizona

The Time Is Now

April 24, 2019

Dear alumni and friends,


Response to the Grand Spectrophotometer Challenge has been nothing short of amazing. In just three short weeks, CHEE alumni and friends have donated $9,845, nearly doubling our original $5,000 goal.  


Thank you!  


Your gifts have funded not only a new spectrophotometer, but also you’ve made a great start toward the much-needed reverse osmosis system.  


If the campaign raises $12,000 total, CHEE will be able to purchase a Sepa Cell, the main internal component of the reverse osmosis system. So let’s stretch the goal one last time and make the reverse osmosis system a reality. Only $2,155 to go in the final twelve days of the campaign!


Alumni Paul Smith, BS 1969, and Greg Lorton, BS 1971 and MS 1973, who each donated $500 toward the new reverse osmosis system, are urging other late-career and retired alumni to join them in giving.  


“I can’t wait to see what these students make of their careers,” says Paul. “But CHEE’s growth means many more students are vying for space and equipment in the lab, so we want to help now.”  


Thank you to Paul, Greg and everyone who has given so generously.  


Now let’s finish super strong!



Anthony Muscat

Like Father, Like Son

April 18, 2019

Great news!


With two weeks remaining, we’ve blasted through the $5,000 Grand Spectrophotometer Challenge. So we’re stretching the goal to $10,000 toward a new reverse osmosis system for the unit operations lab.


Chuck Dunham, BS 1982, just contributed $500 to honor his son Ryan’s 2018 CHEE graduation.


 “Ryan and I have fun comparing notes about our undergraduate days navigating Harshbarger and working in the unit operations lab,” says the elder Dunham.


Thank you, Chuck, and all alumni, friends, students, faculty and staff who have given so generously.


Today Chuck is asking other mid-career alumni to match his gift for a reverse osmosis system.


A donation of any size will help maintain quality equipment for generations of students in chemical and environmental engineering.


Let’s keep the momentum going!




Anthony Muscat

Chair and Professor

Department of Chemical & Environmental Engineering

More Improvements on the Way!

April 12, 2019

Dear alumni and friends,


The response of CHEE alumni and friends to The Grand Spectrophotometer Challenge has been nothing short of amazing! I am overwhelmed by your support and appreciative of your generosity.


In just a little over a week, we exceeded the goal of $5,000 for a new spectrophotometer for the unit operations lab, with more pledges on the way.


So we are stretching the goal to $10,000 for even more critical undergraduate lab improvements. Additional funds will go to a new reverse osmosis system.


Quality equipment is key to the success of CHEE students, and it is heartening to see how much value you place on lab improvements.


Thank you for your commitment to the next generation of chemical and environmental engineers.



Anthony Muscat


P.S. Stay tuned for more updates …


Change Is Here!

April 03, 2019

Dear alumni and friends,


The Grand Spectrophotometer Challenge -- the first of our annual CHEE Student Experience Enhancement Fund projects -- has officially launched.


CHEE is looking to raise $5,000 for a new spectrophotometer in the unit operations lab, and I’m kicking off the fundraising effort with a $500 gift.


With the number of undergraduates doubling in the last four years, the department’s learning labs are bursting at the seams. Continual upgrades and new equipment are critical to keeping pace with the growing demand.


Please join me in supporting the next generation of engineers. Your gift will help bolster CHEE’s immersive spirit and tradition of excellence for years to come.


Thank you!

Anthony Muscat

Department Chair Professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering


P.S. We’ll keep you updated as the campaign progresses over the next few weeks. 

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