DENSO Foundation Awards Over $1.5 Million in STEM Education Grants to Colleges and Universities Across North America
Funds help advance programs that encourage students to pursue engineering and skilled-trades careers in automotive and manufacturing sectors
SOUTHFIELD, Mich., (July 24, 2020) – DENSO , the world’s second largest mobility supplier, announced today it awarded more than $1.5 million in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education grants to 13 North American colleges and universities. The grants are made possible by DENSO's philanthropic division, DENSO North America Foundation (DNAF), and support the company's mission to develop a skilled and knowledgeable workforce, now and in the future.
DNAF is dedicated to helping students advance their education and prepare for success after graduation in technical career paths, such as skilled trades, manufacturing and engineering. In turn, this year’s round of grants support programs focused on connected, automated, shared and electric mobility – as well as the advanced manufacturing roles and technologies that help bring these areas to life. All are key to DENSO as they continue to transform transportation, improve safety and help preserve the planet.
“We are always trying to support the next generation of automotive engineers and skilled-trades talent. And while we’d love these future leaders to eventually join the DENSO Family, the purpose of the grants is to help young minds explore different career paths, experience firsthand how transportation is evolving, and understand how they can have a direct role in shaping the future of mobility in a variety of ways,” said Andris Staltmanis, chair of DNAF Board of Directors and CEO of DENSO’s North America Thermal operations. “These grants are also crucial to achieving our 2030 goal of creating new value and new solutions in transportation. This cannot be done without investing in and preparing tomorrow’s workforce, especially across skilled trades and engineering functions.”
Since 2001, DNAF has provided more than $10 million in higher education grants. The endowment represents years of financial management and donations specifically earmarked for philanthropic efforts. It also provides disaster relief grants to the American Red Cross and other first responder organizations.
Recipients of this year's grants will use the funds for projects that involve computer science, mobility design, Industry 4.0, skilled trades, mechatronics, and more. Recipients include:
- Auburn University
- California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
- Conalep Dr. Carlos Canseco Gonzalez, Apodaca, Mexico
- Escuela Técnica Roberto Rocca, Pesquería, México
- Kellogg Community College
- National Polytechnic Institute, Professional Engineering Unit, Guanajuato, Mexico
- Purdue University
- Roane State Community College
- Rochester Institute of Technology
- Tennessee College of Applied Technology, Athens
- Tennessee Tech University
- University of Guelph, School of Engineering
- University of Texas at Austin
Grant proposals are invitation only and evaluated based on technical merit, student experience and alignment with industry needs.
If you are interested in starting or advancing your career at DENSO, whether on the production floor or from behind a CAD drawing, you can apply for open positions at densocareers.com.
DENSO is also actively seeking to fill full-time production roles at its facilities in Osceola, Arkansas, and Battle Creek, Michigan. To learn more about these positions, which offer competitive wages and health benefits, click here for Osceola roles and here for those in Battle Creek.
DENSO is a $47.6 billion global mobility supplier that develops advanced technology and components for nearly every vehicle make and model on the road today. With manufacturing at its core, DENSO invests in its 221 facilities in 35 countries to produce thermal, powertrain, mobility, electrification, & electronic systems, to create jobs that directly change how the world moves. The company’s 170,000+ employees are paving the way to a mobility future that improves lives, eliminates traffic accidents, and preserves the environment. Globally headquartered in Kariya, Japan, DENSO spent 9.9 percent of its global consolidated sales on research and development in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2020. For more information about global DENSO, visit https://www.denso.com/global.
In North America, DENSO is headquartered in Southfield, Michigan, and employs 27,000+ engineers, researchers and skilled workers across 51 sites in the U.S, Canada and Mexico. In the United States alone, DENSO employs 17,700+ employees across 14 states (and the District of Columbia) and 41 sites. In fiscal year ending March 31, 2020, DENSO in North America generated $10.9 billion in consolidated sales. DENSO is committed to advancing diversity and inclusion inside the company and beyond – a principle that brings unique perspectives together, bolsters innovation and pushes DENSO forward. Join us, and craft not only how the world moves, but also your career: densocareers.com. For more information, go to https://www.denso.com/us-ca/en/ .