PPG grants $25,000 Akron University’s student-focused initiatives

PPG grants $25,000 for Akron University’s student-focused initiatives

10:36 AM, 24th May 2012
PPG grants $25,000 for Akron University’s student-focused initiatives
The PPG Industries Foundation has pledged a total of $25,000 in 2012 to benefit three student-focused and engineering-related initiatives of The University of Akron.

AKRON, US: The PPG Industries Foundation has pledged a total of $25,000 in 2012 to benefit three student-focused initiatives of The University of Akron (UA), continuing the long-standing relationship between PPG Industries’ Barberton, Ohio, chemicals plant and corporate science-and-technology function and UA. The university’s corrosion and reliability engineering programme, housed in the College of Engineering, received a $10,000 grant for its corrosion squad programme, which provides students with hands-on research experience.

A separate $10,000 grant supports UA’s undergraduate corrosion engineering programme, the only such bachelor’s degree programme in the nation. Also, the university’s women in engineering programme, which provides programmes and services that aim to recruit and retain women in engineering fields, received a $5,000 grant sponsored by the Barberton, Ohio, chemicals manufacturing facility.

The $10,000 grant for the UA corrosion squad programme, made on behalf of PPG’s optical and specialty materials segment, will further engage students in the study of corrosion control and reduction for vessels and piping. The $10,000 grant benefiting the undergraduate corrosion engineering programme, made on behalf of PPG’s corporate science-and-technology function, will cover sponsorship of a class project as well as student visits to PPG’s Ohio manufacturing facilities.

For the UA women in engineering programme, the $5,000 PPG grant helps cover general expenses for weeklong summer camps for middle- and high-school girls. Camp participants conduct hands-on experiments involving various engineering disciplines and gain engineering research experience by working on team projects for competition.

“PPG is strongly committed to supporting the communities where it has a presence, as well as supporting the development of the next generation of chemists and engineers, who will create tomorrow’s innovative technologies. These grants will help advance knowledge and interest in engineering and related disciplines while also providing students with learning opportunities that go beyond the classroom,” said Tom Mey, Plant Manager, PPG Barberton.

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