UA alum gives $7.8 million to engineering college

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - The University of Arkansas College of Engineering has received a $7.8 million gift for a new teaching endowment.

The gift from Robert Biggadike was announced Monday by the university. Biggadike is a native of Newport who graduated from UA in 1958 with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering.

He now lives in West Covina, Calif., and has worked in the aerospace industry from companies like Northrop Grumman, General Dynamics and Boeing. He was a control systems engineer, developing rigid and elastic body simulations of missiles and designing autopilot systems.

The gift will establish a teaching endowment in Biggadike's name at the college. He previously established a scholarship endowment in the college in memory of his father.

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