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Ford Motor Company’s College Alliance Program Fosters Innovation on Campus

March 10, 2016

Rose -Hulman Grand Prix Engineering Team

Driven to Excellence: Ford Motor Company’s College Alliance is providing $10,000 this academic year to support the Rose Grand Prix Engineering team, the Branam Innovation Center, and junior mechanical engineering majors, Brian Greenblatt and Chris Wood.

Ford Motor Company’s College Alliance program is promoting innovative engineering education at Rose-Hulman through grants worth $10,000 this academic year.

The automaker’s College Alliance fund, which supports educational opportunities for tomorrow’s engineers, has announced the following grants:

  • A $2,500 mini-grant to support general activities at Rose-Hulman’s Branam Innovation Center, a large, open-concept workspace with equipment and resources to facilitate a variety of competition teams and student projects.
  • A $2,500 gift to support Rose-Hulman’s Grand Prix Engineering team, assisting with travel and other expenses for the spring competition season.
  • Two scholarships, each worth $2,500, to mechanical engineering majors Chris Wood, a junior from Tacoma, Washington; and Brian Greenblatt, a junior from Chicago.

Ford Motor Company is an executive partner with Rose-Hulman and has a long history of employing institute graduates. Tony Cooprider, a 1986 electrical engineering alumnus, is the institute’s executive sponsor at Ford, where he is the company’s senior technical leader for vehicle EE systems, architecture, and hardware design systems. Cooprider is also a member of the advisory board for Rose-Hulman’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Overall, the Ford College Alliance has pledged $500,000 in scholarships for engineering, information technology, and business students at select universities this academic year. The alliance is also providing $150,000 in university team funding, and an additional $50,000 in school mini-grants for selected colleges and universities.