The DeVlieg Foundation is a private foundation, tax-exempt charity, began by the founder of DeVlieg Machine Company of Royal Oak, Michigan, Charles B. DeVlieg. The company was formed in 1943 with the invention of the machine tool industry’s first bed-type milling machine, and later the first jigless boring and milling machine, the DeVlieg JIGMIL. DeVlieg Machine Company became an international leader of precision machine tools with a reputation of manufacturing excellence. Many key employees contributed to its success, including his son, Charles R. “Bud” DeVlieg, who joined his father after high school and in later years directed the company. Both of these men with limited education believed strongly in encouraging young people and established the DeVlieg Foundation in 1961.
Janet DeVlieg Pope, granddaughter and daughter of the two DeVliegs the foundation is named for, serves as the president of the Charles DeVlieg Foundation. She lives in Clarkston, Washington, and owns a 1,300 acre ranch on Idaho’s Joseph Plains overlooking the lower Salmon River.
"We are glad to extend our reach beyond Michigan," she said. "The family has always supported the areas they live in, and we wanted to continue to do that. Idaho provides wonderful engineering and natural resource educations. My grandfather only had an eighth grade education. But he had opportunity and aptitude. Now education is essential."
The prestigious appointment of the DeVlieg Presidential Professor of Ecohydraulics to Peter Goodwin has truly opened many doors for the University, the College and Dr. Goodwin the last seven years, and this year once again is no exception. The DeVlieg Foundation supports the Center for Ecohydraulics Research, including two DeVlieg Assistantships in Ecohydraulics and DeVlieg Enrichment Travel Grants. Support from the DeVlieg Foundation significantly enhances the global research activity of the Center for Ecohydraulics Research, raising investigations to a higher level by yielding a fundamental understanding of the linkages between physical processes and ecological response in rivers, estuaries and wetlands.
The Charles DeVlieg Foundation provides annual scholarships to College of Engineering students. The continued support and inspiration that the DeVlieg Foundation has shown over the years for mechanical engineering scholarships, Ph.D. assistantships and enrichment travel grants in Ecohydraulics and recently their new support of the high school summer program, JEMS, is greatly appreciated by all in the College of Engineering.