Ford Motor Company gift supports E-Knowledge Commons project
The Ford Motor Company has pledged $25,000 to name a space within the E-Knowledge Commons.
The E-Knowledge Commons project will provide a student-centered space designed for peer-to-peer learning in Reber Building. The space will give mechanical and nuclear engineering students a place to work in teams across a variety of study spaces, while having easy access to technology and other resources.
“Ford Motor Company is proud to continue our commitment and long standing partnership with Penn State University and the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering through our sponsorship of the E-Knowledge Commons,” said Daniel Ferretti, senior technical leader at Ford Motor Company.
The E-Knowledge Commons will be equipped with individual and group study areas to foster collaboration as well as private meeting rooms outfitted with state-of-the-art computer and video conferencing systems to enhance global interactions and learning. The space will also have two computer labs, laptop plug-in stations and modular furniture that can be moved to create an open space for lectures and other events.
The estimated cost of the project is $1.5 million. If you are interested in supporting the E-Knowledge Commons, visit the project’s website for more information and naming opportunities. Your support will help to give students easy access to cutting-edge technology as well as an inspiring space to meet, study and learn.
This generous gift towards the E-Knowledge Commons represents the Ford Motor Company’s continued support of Penn State and the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering. Ford is an ongoing sponsor of the Formula SAE student team, this year awarding their Blue Oval Sponsorship to the Penn State Formula SAE and the BAJA racing teams. In addition, the company sponsors student organizations, including the Society of Women Engineers, the student chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Women in Engineering Program, and the Multicultural Engineering Program. This year Ford awarded four engineering student scholarships and four vehicle team student scholarship as well as sponsoring four Learning Factory capstone design projects. Ford Motor Company continues to hire many Penn State students to internships and full-time positions.
Penn State’s alumni and friends are invaluable partners in fulfilling the University’s land-grant mission of education, research and service. Private gifts from alumni and friends enrich the experiences of students both in and out of the classroom; expand the research and teaching capacity of our faculty; enhance the University’s ability to recruit and retain top students and faculty; and help to ensure that students from every economic background have access to a Penn State education. The University’s colleges and campuses are now enlisting the support of alumni and friends to advance a range of unit-specific initiatives.