Doosan and Bobcat leaders are passionate about community involvement and educational support is a key focus area. Here are some examples:
The company supports numerous educational initiatives, including the new STEM Center at North Dakota State University (NDSU) in Fargo. The areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (known as STEM) help fuel the innovation that is the very foundation of Bobcat Company’s business, and the key to its continued growth and success.
In 2015, Doosan and Bobcat Company donated $3 million to NDSU to fund a STEM-related scholarship program. The State of North Dakota matched the donation — adding $1.5 million — making the combined $4.5 million the single largest scholarship endowment gift in school history. When fully funded, the endowment will distribute approximately $180,000 in scholarships per year in perpetuity, benefiting countless students and their families.
In 2015, Doosan/Bobcat awarded $1,000 scholarships to nine students (three representing each school) at Minnesota State Community and Technical College (M State – Moorhead), North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS – Wahpeton) and Bismarck State College (BSC). These technical schools are located in cities where Doosan and Bobcat have facilities.
The company supports STEM programs at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels through grants, in-class participation, production facility tours/field trips and scholarship programs.
The company provides approximately 75 STEM internship opportunities each year for targeted Midwest colleges and universities.
Bobcat began a research partnership with NDSU in 2005, becoming the anchor tenant at the NDSU Technology Incubator at the university’s Research and Technology Park.
Bobcat engineers, NDSU engineering students, and researchers at the school’s Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering collaborate on a variety of projects, exploring new product development, component testing and material characterization, while also working to improve manufacturing processes across the company’s global manufacturing facilities.
In 2013, NSDU and Doosan/Bobcat announced a $400,000 company contribution matched by an additional $200,000 in grants from North Dakota’s Centers of Excellence program. The program paired private companies with research and development hubs across the state’s university and college campuses in an effort to stimulate economic growth.
The company is a corporate sponsor and innovation judge for NDSU’s student innovation challenge.
The company supports the Teachers in Industry internship program, designed to help educators develop an understanding of various work disciplines, including 21st century workplace skills; acquire knowledge of the engineering design process (EDP) and how it is used in a design-oriented technological environment; and incorporate company processes into a STEM-based learning lesson plan.
The Teachers in Industry program started in 2011 as a partnership between the Greater Fargo-Moorhead Economic Development Corporation, North Dakota State University and West Fargo Public Schools. In 2014, Bobcat helped to extend the program to Bismarck, where its primary Product Engineering group is based.