Doosan and Bobcat leaders are passionate about community involvement and educational support is a key focus area. Here are some examples:

STEM Initiatives

STEM Center at North Dakota State University, Fargo.

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.

NDSU Scholarship Endowment

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.

NDSU President Dean Bresciani.
Bobcat President Rich Goldsbury.
Scott Park, CEO of Doosan Infracore; Dean Bresciani, president of NDSU; Rich Goldsbury, president of Bobcat Company.

Vocational Education Doosan Scholarships

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.

Primary and Secondary School STEM Programs

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.

  • In 2015, Doosan and Bobcat began participating in the “Introduce a Girl to Engineering” program, spearheaded by NDSU and specifically targeting young women interested in pursuing STEM-related careers. The company also supports high school FTC Robotics teams in Bismarck.
  • Annually, the company gives a $5,000 sponsorship to the BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology) robotics competition — an event held at NDSU for middle and high school students.
  • Each year, the company awards $500 “Doosan Discovery” grants to middle school classrooms in areas where Doosan and Bobcat have facilities. The elementary and middle school grants are used for projects focusing on science, technology, engineering and mathematics — all designed to improve, advance and enrich student learning.

STEM College Internships

The company provides approximately 75 STEM internship opportunities each year for targeted Midwest colleges and universities.

NDSU Technology Incubator

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.

NDSU Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering

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.

Research & Development Partnership

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.

Student Innovation Challenge

The company is a corporate sponsor and innovation judge for NDSU’s student innovation challenge.

Teachers in Industry

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.