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Published: Friday, March 4 2011 12:35 a.m. MST

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MotherofFour
Springville, UT

Wow! That is so generous and very commendable!

LDS Aerospace Engineer
Farmington, UT

This is great news - even if it's BYU.
[I'm a Weber State grad.]

Having been at Boeing in Seattle the last 23 years - I've seen our Aerospace Engineering work force dwindle to 50% American. The rest come many from India, China, Russia, Pakistan and a few others.

A friend of mine doing Graduate level Engineering at the University of Washington told me he was the only one in class born and raised in American. Even his instructor was from India.

China is nuclear and has even put men into orbit.
All this has completely flipped in just the last 30 years.

Make me wonder what the world will look like for my kids and grandkids.

jans
Pickerington, OH

I especially like the focus on the global aspect - hopefully this will include creating more interdisciplinary programs at the university.

Now if only more millionaires and billionaires would step up and start funding these types of programs and initiatives.

Mendel
Iowa City, IA

@ LDS Aerospace Engineer:
Hopefully the world for your kids and grandkids will look very ethnically diverse with no one caring about anyone's ethnicity.

dumprake
Toquerville, UT

I'd like to see a comparable donation go to establish a department, or a degree, for the training and preparation for people to small business owners. Small business owners are on their own, school don't teach much that helps them (everything is geared to the big companies, the "global" stuff, etc), or prepares them to be successful small business owners.

ute alumni
Tengoku, UT

it's good to know Iowa is very ethnically diverse. I think the point was, what are the next generations going to do if all the jobs and opportunities in this country are going to foreigners? you might to ask yourself what Iowans are going to do when all farms are being run by chinese, indians, mexicans etc.? Maybe moving to those countries is the hope of future generations

UtahBronco
Lehi, UT

The headline reads that the Weidman's "gives back" $10M. Did BYU give the money to them in the first place?

LDS Aerospace Engineer
Farmington, UT

Mendel | 3:43 p.m. March 3, 2011
Iowa City, IA
@ LDS Aerospace Engineer:
Hopefully the world for your kids and grandkids will look very ethnically diverse with no one caring about anyone's ethnicity.

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What the heck? YOu are completely off topic there Mendel.
How did you twist that into a question about ethnic background?

Seattle - you know, Melting Pot of the West Coast???
Ultra Liberal - [which I consider myself to lean.]

It was a question about U.S. technical superiority over the next 30 years for my kids and grandkids.
America has become a follower - we are no longer a world Leader.

We're still flying the Space Shuttle -- designed and built 40 years ago.
Our USAF still flies B-52s and KC-135s designed and built 60 years ago.

Boeing became #2 in the world to Europe's AirBus 15 years ago.

Nothing ethnic my friend, just a question about good old American ingenuity going the way side. Has been....

That's all.

DR Hall
Clearfield, UT

I wonder how much more could be accomplihed if the school would have used this money to hire a few more people to do work around the school to improve things and provide tax benefits to the school and the donators and help families to durvive better and longer. Just putting your name up in lights is not going to do much good with few benefits coming from it.

Rifleman
Salt Lake City, Utah

Re: DR Hall | 1:05 a.m. March 4, 2011

Dave Weidman's $10M donation will involve hiring people. The nice thing about be rich enough to donate $10M is that you and you alone can decide how you want the money used.

His donation will be greatly appreciated.

Tom in CA
Vallejo, CA

Weidman should have paid more taxes.

The Federal Government could have put this $10,000,000 to better use.

J-TX
Allen, TX

Tom, you're so funny!!

I like how it says that the Center will bear his name only after a little arm twisting. Come on! I give $10M, my name's going up in NEON.... :-)

Joane Pappas White
Price, Utah

Any time a former Utah student, (and I don't care which school they attended, where they came from, or what degree they pursued), returns to his/her alma mater with a $10 million dollar contribution back to the advancement of future students' educations, that is a wonderful, amazing and generous benefit to our young people.

Most who commended got it! Then there are those that did not -- and never will!

Joane White
Price, Utah

Wally West
SLC, UT

re: LDS Aerospace Engineer | 2:12 p.m. March 3, 2011

The post came across as being somewhat ethnically biased to me as well.

If you are so concerned about the future; Learn Mandarin, Urdu, Hindi, etc...

Though, I agree about the future of American innovation & ingenuity. Kids today IMO see a career in investment banking, etc... as the ticket to easy street. As we have seen, that industry left unchecked is dangerous.

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