Robert H. Biggadike of West Covina, Calif., who earned his BA and MA in mechanical engineering from the University of Arkansas and had a career in the aerospace industry, has made a gift of more than $7.8 million to the UA College of Engineering

The Newport native’s donation will establish the Robert H. Biggadike Endowment for Teaching in the college. Biggadike, who also holds an engineering degree from the University of California at Los Angeles, has given to the university before, endowing scholarships for juniors and seniors majoring in mechanical engineering in memory of his father in 1983.