Mr. Richard (Dick) Grigg and his wife Mrs. Joanne Grigg consider themselves blessed to have the opportunity to support causes that have a direct impact on individuals, which is precisely what their commitment of $125,000 to the College of Engineering will do.

The Griggs’ contribution will help the college continue producing job-ready engineers in greater and greater numbers to meet the demand for excellence that exists in the market today. "The College of Engineering's job placement rates are impressive," says Richard Grigg, retired executive vice president at FirstEnergy, "and indicative of the outstanding job that Dean Haritos, his staff and faculty have done in building one of the finest engineering programs in the country."

Richard worked for Wisconsin Electric for nearly 34 years before moving to Akron in 2004. He received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and has served as a member of the UA College of Engineering’s Advancement Council. Joanne is a graduate of Alverno College in Milwaukee, where she received her degree in professional communications and business.