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DENSO Foundation Makes Equipment Grant to Engineering


JONESBORO – New state-of-the-art electronics laboratory equipment will be available soon for engineering students at Arkansas State University, due to the generosity of the DENSO North America Foundation.

George Harguess, site manager-operations for DENSO Manufacturing Arkansas in Osceola, announced the $48,500 grant to A-State.  DENSO hires many engineering students when they graduate from A‑State.

"For DENSO, it's very important to recruit local talent," Harguess said.  "Hopefully this will lead to internships and other opportunities so we can establish a long-lasting partnership between DENSO and Arkansas State."

According to Dr. Paul Mixon, professor of electrical engineering and interim dean, "We were delighted to initiate this partnership with the DENSO Foundation and DENSO Manufacturing Arkansas.  This grant will allow us to purchase brand-new state-of-the-art equipment for our new digital electronics lab.  We are very appreciative for DENSO's support."  He added the lab experience will be required for all electrical engineering students in the future.

Harguess, who presented a check to A-State representatives, said he was particularly pleased to be able to support Arkansas State, where he earned his engineering degree.

DENSO is one of the world's largest automotive suppliers of advanced automotive technology, systems and components in the areas of thermal, powertrain control, electronics and information and safety. Its customers include all the world's major carmakers. Worldwide, the company has more than 200 subsidiaries and affiliates in 38 countries and regions and employs more than 140,000 people. In North America, DENSO employs more than 22,000 people at 30 consolidated companies and affiliates. Of these, 25 are manufacturing facilities located in the United States, Canada and Mexico. For more information, visit http://www.densocorp-na.com/. 

In Arkansas, DENSO employs more than 500 people and produces heating, ventilation and air conditioning assemblies and new generation modular radiators for its North American customers.

The DENSO North America Foundation, a registered 501(c)3 corporate foundation, is dedicated to helping students advance their education in engineering, technology and other related programs. Founded in 2001, the Foundation provides grants to colleges and universities throughout North America, helping communities prosper through the development of a skilled and knowledgeable workforce. Proposals for these education grants are considered by invitation only.  For more information, visit http://densofoundation.org.