DENSO‘s philanthropic arm – DENSO North America Foundation (DNAF) – announced it will donate nearly $1 million in overall funding to 25 institutions of higher learning across North America to support science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) educational programming.
DENSO’s goal with providing the grants is to expose students to the rewarding careers available in manufacturing and advance the industry forward by enhancing programs that will produce the next wave of highly-skilled problem solvers.
Programs focused on design, materials management, mechanical and electrical engineering principles, thermodynamics, robotics and more will benefit from the grants.
“As a global technology and automotive leader, it’s vital for DENSO to advance young people’s education in engineering, technology and other related programs,” said Doug Patton, president of the DENSO North America Foundation and executive vice president of Engineering at DENSO International America, Inc. “To remain competitive in this ever-evolving, hi-tech landscape, it calls for a workforce that is skilled, well-trained and able to adapt quickly. We feel great responsibility to prepare students for what’s next – for the health of our industry and their future careers.”
“Manufacturing and automotive companies need technically-minded associates now more than ever,” said David Cole, DENSO North American Foundation board member. “By supporting programs that emphasize STEM learning experiences in real-world settings, we hope to help students explore their passions, find a worthwhile and fulfilling career path, and help our communities prosper.”
DENSO education grant proposals are invite only and evaluated based on technical merit, student experience and alignment with industry needs.
This year’s grant recipients, include:
- Arkansas State University – Jonesboro
- California State University Long Beach
- California State Polytechnic – Pomona
- Cleveland State Community College
- CONALEP; Technician National Education
- Conestoga College
- East Tennessee State University
- FIME; Mechanical and Electrical Engineer College
- Kettering University
- Lawrence Tech University
- Michigan State University
- Michigan Tech University
- North Carolina State
- Northeast State Community College
- Oakland University
- Ohio State University
- Pellissippi State Community College
- Tennessee Tech University
- University of Alabama Tuscaloosa
- University of Guelph
- University of Michigan Dearborn
- University of Tennessee Chattanooga
- University of Tennessee Knoxville
- West Virginia University
- Western Michigan University