Two married faculty members in West Virginia Universitys College of Engineering and Mineral Resources have pledged a $250,000 gift to establish an endowed chairs fund in the Department of Mining Engineering.
p. Syd Peng, chairman of the department, and Felicia Peng, a professor in the department, have created the Syd S. and Felicia Peng Mining Engineering Chairs Endowment. The fund will provide resources to support the department in the areas of teaching, research and service.

The Pengs hope the support provided by the endowment will enhance the growth and development of an internationally acclaimed program of excellence in mining engineering at WVU .
p. Syd Peng joined WVU in 1974. In 1978, he was appointed chairman of the department, a position he has held for 23 years. During his tenure, he established the Longwall Mining and Ground Research Center and initiated the annual International Conference on Ground Control in Mining in 1981.

He obtained his undergraduate degree in mining engineering in Taiwan and worked in production coal mines for five years. He came to the United States in 1965 for advanced study, earning his doctorate in mining engineering from Stanford University in 1970.

Felicia Peng earned her bachelors and masters degrees in chemical engineering in 1963 and 1965, respectively, from Waseda University in Tokyo. She received a doctorate in chemical engineering from WVU in 1989. She worked as a chemical engineer for the Minnesota State Pollution Control Agency from 1972-74 and later joined WVU .

The Pengsgift has been made in conjunction with the Building Greatness Campaign: West Virginia University, a University-wide initiative being conducted by the WVU Foundation to raise $250 million in private support. The Foundation, a private non-profit corporation, is the designated agency to receive and administer gifts from private individuals and organizations for the benefit of West Virginia University.