BUFFALO, N.Y -- A $1 million unitrust from Erich Bloch, B.S.
'52, who has named the University at Buffalo School of Engineering
and Applied Sciences (SEAS) as the remainder beneficiary, will
support undergraduate fellowships and graduate assistantships for
the school through the Erich Bloch Scholarship & Graduate
Bloch is a principal in The Washington Advisory Group LLC, a
high-powered consultancy that provides strategic counsel to the
leaders of companies, universities, governments and nonprofit
organizations. He also is a Distinguished Fellow at the Council on
Competitiveness in Washington, D.C., a nonprofit organization that
advises industry and the federal government on the long-term
effectiveness of American economic policy.
UB President John B. Simpson praised Bloch as one of UB's most
"Over the years, he has given back to his alma mater in a
variety of very meaningful ways, giving generously of his time, his
counsel and his support," Simpson noted.
"Through this fund, he is creating the opportunities that will
make it possible for future generations of promising UB scholars to
follow in his remarkable footsteps. Truly, these students are the
future of the engineering and applied-sciences fields. By opening
doors for them, the scope and reach of our university's academic
and service missions are immeasurably expanded in turn."
Mark H. Karwan, dean of SEAS, expressed gratitude for Bloch's
ongoing support of the school and his foresight in planning such a
gift to the school.
"His long-range vision," Karwan said, "allows us to continue to
provide academic excellence and award-worthy students the funds
they need to pursue that excellence here."
Up to $100,000 a year will be used for scholarships for
deserving undergraduate students and/or assistantships for merited
graduate students. Some of the proceeds may also be used to support
special non-recurrent educational activities that prepare students
for a career in engineering.
"I am eager to see UB continue to thrive," said Bloch, who was
the first chair of the Dean's Advisory Council for the UB School of
Engineering and Applied Sciences.
"I received an excellent undergraduate education there, and I
hope to help the university continue to serve deserving students.
Schools of engineering and universities are instrumental for the
country's economic well-being. The U.S. can only maintain its
competitive edge if our students are attracted to engineering,
sciences and manufacturing, and have an educational base second to
A unitrust is a gift made through a will or other similar
instrument and, because of its planned aspect, allows UB to plan
well into the future. Bloch's unitrust, made via a bequest
expectancy, will be activated upon his death.
At the Council on Competitiveness, Bloch focuses on improving
the ability of American companies and workers to compete in world
markets and to maintain a rising standard of living in the United
Prior to joining the Council, Bloch was director of the National
Science Foundation (NSF) for six years. In 1984 President Ronald
Reagan awarded him the National Medal of Technology for his part in
pioneering the development of the IBM/360 computer.
Before joining the NSF, Bloch spent more than 30 years with IBM
in several positions: engineering manager, manager of the Solid
Logic Technology Program, general manager of the Data Systems
Division, and corporate vice president of technical personnel
development. He holds eight patents in the computer field.
Bloch, recipient of an honorary doctorate from the State
University of New York (SUNY) awarded at UB in 1985, has received
three awards from the UB Alumni Association: the Distinguished
Alumni Award in 1986, the Clifford C. Furnas Memorial Award in
1996, and the association's most prestigious award, the Samuel P.
Capen Award, presented for notable and meritorious contributions to
the university and its family, in 2004. He holds honorary degrees
from 11 other colleges or universities. In 2004, the
Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute bestowed on him a
Pioneers of Science award.
Bloch is a long-time supporter of UB. A prior gift he gave in
his granddaughter's name sponsors 10 annual engineering
scholarships for minority students.