Denso foundation donates to STEM educational programs

Denso announced Wednesday that its philanthropic arm, Denso North America Foundation (DNAF), 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 says these grants help achieve the company’s goal of exposing 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. The DNAF board confirmed its 2018 North American college and university grants on June 13. Denso says the  funds will be delivered to programs focused on design, materials management, mechanical and electrical engineering principles, thermodynamics, robotics and more – all intended to help cultivate and encourage a new generation of engineers and skilled workers.

“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,” says 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.”

Denso says this year’s grant recipients, which play key roles in training the future transportation workforce, 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

DNAF has supported STEM education through grants at colleges and universities since 2001, enabling students to access tools, technology and experiences that better prepare them for technical careers after graduation. Denso education grant proposals are invite only and evaluated based on technical merit, student experience and alignment with industry needs, the company syas.

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