DENSO International America, Inc. (DIAM), global supplier of advanced technology, today announced a corporate contribution of $12,500 to help support two week-long pre-college summer programs this year at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Mich.
They are: Â· Women in Engineering (WIE) Program, a week-long program held annually in June, offers high school women an opportunity to investigate engineering and related fields as a career. Established in 1972, more than 6,000 students have participated to date.
Â· Minorities in Engineering (MIE) Program, also an annual week-long event in June, provides minority and/or economically disadvantaged students a chance to investigate science and engineering as a career. So far, nearly 900 high school men and women have participated.
"Worldwide, DENSO employs nearly 9,000 engineers, and the company is growing. So, it makes a lot of sense for us to support programs like these," said Michigan Tech graduate Rick Smith, B.S.M.E. '85 and M.S.M.E. '87, who is senior manager, Climate Control Engineering, at DIAM. "We hope that after getting their degrees, they will consider a career with DENSO."
Smith added that Industry Week magazine last year named DENSO one of the 100 Best-Managed Corporations in the world.
DENSO operates four Michigan companies, joint ventures and affiliates: DENSO International in Southfield, DENSO Manufacturing Michigan and ASMO Manufacturing, both in Battle Creek and Michigan Automotive Compressor in Jackson. In North America, DENSO employs more than 11,000 at 21 companies. North American 1999 consolidated sales are estimated at $3.6 billion.
"This donation by DENSO clearly expresses its commitment to building awareness among our youth in engineering. It also makes a strong statement about the value of diversity both in higher education and in the global commercial world," said Peter Radecki, executive director, Corporate Services, at Michigan Tech. "As a key supplier of professionals to technology-based companies, Michigan Tech looks forward to continuing the development of its important relationship with DENSO."
Worldwide, DENSO employs more than 72,000 in 25 countries including Japan where the international headquarters is located. Global sales for fiscal 1999 totaled $14.5 billion.