Sept. 30, 2014

$1-million donation to the Schulich School of Engineering will directly benefit students

Alka and Sanjeev Khanna support new scholarship funds and the Engineering Career Centre
A $1-million donation from Alka and Sanjeev Khanna will support new scholarship funds and the Engine Neil Zeller

The Schulich School of Engineering announced the newly named Alka and Sanjeev Khanna Engineering Career Centre on Tuesday, Sept 30 at a recognition event for the family. As part of the Engineering Leaders campaign, the Khannas have made a generous $1-million donation.

“This donation brings us full circle,” said Sanjeev Khanna, MSc’90. “For me, the University of Calgary is where it started. At the school, I received valuable mentorship and networking opportunities. That support and encouragement helped me succeed.”

After graduating with a masters in mechanical engineering, Sanjeev Khanna worked for years as an engineer in Alberta and Ontario before venturing into entrepreneurship. Now based in Dallas, Texas, Alka and Sanjeev Khanna own several businesses, including 100 Subway franchises.  

The Khannas see education as a priority and want to help others succeed. Their gift will benefit students in their academic pursuits and professional development. The donation will be split to allow $500,000 to be put towards renovations of the Engineering Career Centre and surrounding spaces. The other $500,000 will be endowed to support one undergraduate award, one graduate award, and special guest lectures on engineering and management. The first awards are expected to be distributed in 2016-17.

The Engineering Career Centre is a strength within the Schulich School of Engineering offering students a hands-on and solution-oriented approach to learning. The Engineering Internship Program facilitates experience outside the classroom, international opportunities, and strong industry connections.

“This donation will enable the Engineering Career Centre to undergo renovations as a part of the Canadian Natural Resources Limited Engineering Complex expansion and renovation project,” said Bill Rosehart, dean of the Schulich School of Engineering. “We thank Alka and Sanjeev Khanna for their generous gift. The Engineering Career Centre space will be named in their honour to recognize their commitment and support.”