Ihssane Mounir

Ihssane Mounir and his family.
Ihssane Mounir and his family.

Point of impact: While a WSU student, Ihssane Mounir was involved in the College of Engineering's Design Build Fly (DBF) program. Since he values the experience he gained from this program, he decided to support DBF to make sure other students get to have the same experiences he did.

WSU connection: Ihssane received his bachelor's and master's degrees in aerospace engineering from WSU in 1994 and 1996 respectively. He enjoyed his time at WSU, and believes "it is only natural, not to mention a responsibility, to take every opportunity to give back."

Why he gave: "I am a very strong advocate of the academic extracurricular activities that Dr. Scott Miller (professor and chair, aerospace engineering) has championed ever since I met him," said Mounir.

The DBF program is one such activity. It gives students the chance to participate in an annual competition sponsored by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), Cessna Aircraft Co. and Raytheon Co. Students work as a team to design, build and fly a plane that meets specific requirements. Each year, the DBF program culminates in the Fly-Off competition, which attracts teams from around the world.

Why it's important: "A degree is only one arrow in the quiver of professional success, and by no means sufficient in itself," said Mounir. "Exposure to the real world, interaction with other schools and the industry, and staying real and level-headed through constant community engagement are invaluable lessons'experiences that such clubs and activities offer. I was very fortunate to get that experience at WSU, and only now do I realize that I owe every bit of my professional success to that background."