Date: December 5, 2007
Eaton Donates $20,000 To SAE Foundation
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. …Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation announced today it donated $20,000 to benefit SAE Foundation for Science and Technology Education. Funds will be used to underwrite their endowment capital campaign, “Inspiring a New Generation,” with a goal of attaining $20 million in support.
“Thanks to Eaton’s generous gift we can continue to bridge the gap between corporations and classrooms by giving engineers, teachers and students the opportunity to work together and learn from each other,” said Carson Walburn, director – SAE. “Corporate partnerships and support from SAE members have allowed our programs to reach nearly four million students worldwide."
Since 1986, the SAE Foundation has not only supported, but also nurtured students' enthusiasm for science and technology education through award winning educational programs for kindergarten through grade 12, dynamic Collegiate Design Series competitions, and numerous Scholarship and Award Programs.
The Foundation encourages engineers from a variety of industries to become mentors to students from elementary school through the university level. As these industry volunteers work with students they provide encouragement, technical assistance, and often serve as role models for young people who may never have considered a career in science or engineering before. There are over 15,000 volunteers currently involved with SAE programs.
“We understand and value the importance of giving something back to the communities in which the company does business,” said Steve Woodard, Information Technology Innovation manager, Eaton’s Southfield facility. “I have been an active SAE member for 29 years, and a past classroom volunteer for 9 years, along with a number of other engineers from Eaton who have also been mentors and judges. We’re proud to be partners with SAE on such an excellent program.”
Eaton’s Southfield campus, part of the company’s Automotive Group, employs approximately 350 people. The facility houses the Innovation Center for Eaton and is headquarters for the group’s Powertrain and Specialty Controls Operations.
Eaton is a global leader in electrical systems and components for power quality, distribution and control; fluid power systems and services for industrial, mobile and aircraft equipment; intelligent truck drivetrain systems for safety and fuel economy; and automotive engine air management systems, powertrain solutions and specialty controls for performance, fuel economy and safety. Eaton has 63,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 140 countries. For more information, visit www.eaton.com.