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Bobcat Company and Doosan help NDSU dedicate new STEM Classroom and Lab Building

Discussion in 'Questions, Rules, Suggestions' started by Michael J. Donovan, Dec 16, 2015.

  1. Michael J. Donovan

    Michael J. Donovan Head Moderator, Online Communities Staff Member
    Messages: 978

    Bobcat Company and Doosan help NDSU dedicate new STEM Classroom and Lab Building​

    (WEST FARGO, N.D. — December 2015) Bobcat Company and Doosan joined North Dakota State University (NDSU) to dedicate its new STEM Classroom and Lab Building, which will support studies in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

    According to NDSU, the cross-functional design of the facility — which officially opens to students in January — breaks from the tradition of an academic building belonging to a particular discipline or department. It is a student-focused structure made up entirely of classrooms, labs and study areas, with an emphasis on STEM courses. It is also the first building of its kind at NDSU and in North Dakota, designed for flexibility, interdisciplinary collaboration and teaching innovation.

    In September, Doosan, Bobcat Company and NDSU announced the 2015 academic year scholarship recipients benefiting from an endowment funded by a $3 million donation from Doosan and Bobcat Company and $1.5 million from the state of North Dakota. The initial scholarship distribution awarded $2,000 to 10 students. When fully funded, the endowment will distribute approximately $180,000 in scholarships per year in perpetuity, benefiting countless students and their families.

    “We have a vested interest in nurturing future innovators,” said Rich Goldsbury, president of Doosan and Bobcat Company, North America and Oceania. “Whether graduates from these programs end up working for Doosan and Bobcat Company or other organizations in the region, having more technology-minded individuals in our communities is a benefit to all of us.”

    Doosan and Bobcat Company began a research partnership with NDSU in 2005, becoming the anchor tenant at the NDSU Technology Incubator, part of the NDSU Research and Technology Park. Through the partnership, Bobcat established engineering and product testing facilities that include 15,000 square feet of floor space for up to 50 Bobcat employees, a working technology lab and an indoor machine testing area.

    The partnership expanded in 2013 with a one-time $400,000 donation from Doosan and Bobcat Company, and $200,000 in additional grants through North Dakota’s Centers of Excellence. The program paired research and development hubs across the state’s university and college campuses with private companies, in an effort to stimulate greater economic growth.
    “Our collaboration with NDSU is already strong, and this facility will help make it even stronger,” Goldsbury said. “What’s most exciting is that there is no end to the potential — we will all continue to benefit from students who go through these programs and study in this building five, 15 and 20 years from now.”

    Goldsbury added that much of the work done collaboratively between Doosan and Bobcat and NDSU students can impact global development and production of Bobcat® equipment and Doosan equipment. Doosan continues to emerge as one of the top global manufacturers of construction and industrial machinery.

    Doosan and Bobcat Company have expanded their STEM education support at all levels — elementary, middle school, high school and college — through in-class participation, production facility tours and field trips, grants, and other scholarship programs.

    Bobcat Company, headquartered in West Fargo, North Dakota, is a worldwide leader in the manufacturing and distribution of compact equipment. Bobcat compact equipment includes skid-steer, all-wheel steer and compact track loaders; compact excavators; mini-track loaders; VersaHandler® telescopic tool carriers; utility vehicles and Toolcat™ utility work machines. Bobcat is a global brand with more than 550 dealer locations in North America and the leader in compact equipment — the industry’s original innovator, beginning more than 50 years ago with the first compact machine and predecessor to the skid-steer loader. Bobcat Company is a subsidiary of Doosan Bobcat Inc.. For more information on Bobcat products, visit bobcat.com.

    North Dakota State University is a student-focused, land-grant, research university — an economic engine that educates students, conducts primary research, creates new knowledge and advances technology. The university provides affordable access to an excellent education at a top-ranked institution that combines teaching and research in a rich learning environment, educating future leaders who will create solutions to national and global challenges that will shape a better world. NDSU is ranked in the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education’s elite category of 108 prestigious universities, which puts NDSU in the top 2 percent in the nation.

  2. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 6,700

    It's great to see mfr's do things such as this for the community.Thumbs Up
    For the past 5yrs I've been a mentor for STEM interns during the summer (free labor:nod:) and I also sit on the STEM advisory board for my school district.
    It's a great program and have had great kids as interns that will do very well later in life.