East Tennessee State University is one of 25 institutions nationwide selected to receive a STEM education grant from DENSO, one of the world’s largest automotive suppliers of technology and components.
DENSO North America Foundation (DNAF) announced nearly $1 million in total funding to help achieve the company’s goal of exposing students to the rewarding careers available in manufacturing and enhancing programs that will produce the next wave of highly-skilled problem solvers. The Department of Engineering, Engineering Technology, and Surveying at ETSU will use its $37,000 STEM education grant from DENSO to update equipment to more closely resemble the electronics industry laboratory and production environments.
“The electrostatic charges our bodies build up while moving around, which produce that annoying ‘zap’ when we touch a metal doorknob, can cause catastrophic failures in today’s high-tech electronics and is a key focus in industry,” said Dr. Keith Johnson, professor and chair of ETSU’s Department of Engineering, Engineering Technology, and Surveying. “A significant part of this grant will be used to set up laboratory equipment to model proper handling procedures for electronic components as students build and operate circuits that reinforce the theory they have learned in the classroom.”