The Institute for Energy Studies is supported using public funds from the State of Washington, philanthropic giving from our Industry Partners, as well as generous gifts from individuals. Private support allows the Institute to directly support student learning through scholarships, travel to conferences, and provides research opportunities among other things. It also allows innovation in designing new classes, funds the purchasing of laboratory equipment, and connects Institute to the broader energy community by supporting symposia and visiting scholars. 

With deep appreciation, Western proudly acknowledges the support of the following contributors to the Institute for Energy Studies program. Their generous gifts have provided the foundation of support upon which this innovative program has been built. The following listing is for cumulative gifts and pledges.

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Your donation supports the Institute and our mission of training the leaders of the new energy economy.


To learn more, please email University Advancement or IES Director Darrin Magee.

Founding Laureate

$1,000,000 - $4,999,999

Alpha Technologies

Founding Benefactors

$100,000 - $250,000

John and Marcia Harter



Founding Partners

$25,000 - $99,999

Sharfstein Family



Founding Contributors

Up to $24,999

David L. Benson

Michael Butler / Cascadia Capital LLC

Lars Johansson

William “Bill” Johnson / Sound Energy Investments

Ross Andrew Macfarlane

Warren W. Michelsen

Paul Edmund Norman

Catherine Ann Riordan

William D. Ruckelshaus