DENSO North America Foundation gives $72,500 for ETSU lab renovation


JOHNSON CITY (September 15, 2014) — DENSO North America Foundation has awarded $72,500 to East Tennessee State University’s Department of Engineering Technology, Surveying and Digital Media to update motor training centers. Department faculty members Dr. Mohammad Moin Uddin and Dr. Paul Sims, in addition to department chair Dr. Keith Johnson, developed the grant proposal.

Outmoded current benches will be replaced with up-to-date ones allowing standard electrical motor training, such as interface and switching, as well as training related to vari-speed drives, advanced system monitoring and predictive maintenance monitoring.

The new equipment will provide hands-on experience for students to interface high-voltage motors used in many manufacturing processes, including ones used in transportation, automation and milling. With more electric vehicles coming on the market, the benches also provide the background training for work with electric motors in powertrain applications.

The DENSO Foundation also recently funded a state-of-the-art conference room for the department.

“DENSO is committed to creating opportunities for students to work hands-on with advanced equipment and technology as vehicles and manufacturing become more complex,” said Mike Brackett, DENSO North America Foundation board member and senior vice president of Corporate Services at DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee. “These hands-on opportunities allow students to put their classroom know-how to the test and really challenge themselves. This is key in helping prepare our future engineers and manufacturing professionals.”

A registered 501(c)3 corporate foundation, the DENSO North America Foundation is dedicated to helping students advance their education in engineering, technology and other related programs. Founded in 2001, the Foundation provides grants to colleges and universities throughout North America, helping communities prosper through the development of a skilled and knowledgeable workforce. The Foundation also provides disaster relief grants through the American Red Cross to aid persons and communities in which DENSO Corporation operates. For more information, visit

For more information about ETSU’s grant, contact Sims at 423-439-7819 or .

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