Questions about giving? 

Please contact Steve Ramirez at, Lead Director of Development for Engineering, or call (805) 893-4579 if you have any questions or requests about giving.

The Materials Department at UCSB was conceptualized and built around one central precept: that graduate education is most effective in a collaborative, multidisciplinary academic environment. Research programs in electronics and photonics, inorganic materials, bio- and macromolecular, and structural materials are constantly evolving, with new, high-impact initiatives emerging on a yearly basis. The intellectual vitality of the Department is maintained through recruitment of the brightest, most talented and diverse community of students and faculty to our program. Through charitable giving to the Department, our alumni and friends help us continue to cultivate the collaborative culture, the hallmark of UCSB Materials, that attracts the students who will become today’s leaders for tomorrow’s materials. 

Fundraising Priorities 

Frontier Materials Instrumentation

As one of the premier Materials departments in the world, UCSB has been at the forefront of the development and acquisition of advanced instrumentation for materials synthesis and characterization. Departments that lead in the future will be those who are able to maintain and further develop instrumentation in the face of near-complete disappearance of national resources for instrumentation. Our instrumentation priorities include:

  • Atomic Resolution Aberration-corrected Scanning / Transmission Electron Microscope (STEM/TEM) with advanced chemical probe capabilities (multiple Si drift detectors). New materials with precise control to the atomic scale promise breakthrough functionalities; this instrument will enable new generations of materials to be designed and carefully characterized.
  • Full Spectrum 3D Printing. Processes for printing virtually every class of material of technological relevance are emerging and UCSB has fallen behind in this area.  Leadership in education and research would be substantially enhanced by a full suite of 3D printing capabilities for the design and synthesis of geometrically complex, hybrid structures from the nanoscale to the mesoscale.

Lange honorary lecture series for emerging leaders in materials science

To maintain its top ranking, the Materials Department must recruit and retain the best junior faculty.  The department has recently initiated the Lange Lecture Series, in honor of the late Professor Fred Lange, who was the second chair of the Materials Department.  Promising postdoctoral students and junior faculty from around the globe are invited for this honorary lecture as a means of introducing them to the exciting intellectual environment at UCSB.  The goal is to permanently endow the lecture series.

graduate student development fund

As a graduate-only program, the Materials Department takes great pride in the development of the future leaders in Materials Science.  UCSB Materials is able to attract the best and brightest students by offering exceptional development experiences beyond the laboratory and classroom, including international research exchanges, internships, travel to international conferences, and leadership development experiences.  In spite of their importance, these activities cannot be supported by conventional research contracts.

How to Give


Gifts to the department can be made by credit card through our online giving website

By Mail
To make a gift by mail (via check or credit card) or to designate your gift to a specific purpose, please print and complete the pdf donation form and return to 

Steve Ramirez
Development Services Manager
Engineering and the Sciences
UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-6035

By Phone

You may also make a credit card gift by phone. Contact Steve Ramirez at (805) 893-4579.

Matching Gifts

Many employers sponsor corporate matching gift programs and will match any charitable contributions that their employees or spouses make. Matching gift programs can double or possibly triple your donation. Please obtain your company’s matching gift form and return it with your contribution.

Wire Transfers or Securities (Stock)

For information about making a contribution via wire transfer or gifts of securities, please contact Steve Ramirez at or (805) 893-4579.

Planned Giving/Estate Gifts

For information about making a gift through planned giving vehicles such as charitable remainder trusts, charitable lead trusts, gift annuities, bequests, or other vehicles please visit UC Santa Barbara’s Planned Giving website.