Best Practices
March 30, 2010

Garmin Sponsoring Electrical Engineering Students

The demand for electrical and computer engineering professionals is on a decidedly upward slant, especially due to our technologically-dependent society. Business relies more heavily on technology than ever before, and a lack of a skilled workforce can easily cripple the United States’ competitiveness. Baby boomers are retiring, and the next generation of electrical engineers must be prepared to take on new challenges.

Recognizing these challenges, Garmin, a leading provider of consumer and general aviation navigation, is running an initiative that supports students pursuing STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) careers. Garmin’s Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Education Initiative offers scholarships to college students in the Kansas region studying electrical and computer engineering with the ultimate goal of keeping the United States a top contender in today’s globally competitive environment.

Garmin’s own co-founder and CEO, Dr. Min H Kao, established a foundation that provides support to students. The Kao Family Foundation is endowed with $10 million, which provides 100 scholarships worth $5000 per year per student. Scholarship winners are also given priority consideration to receive a paid internship at Garmin, which includes housing and health insurance. Students at several regional universities, including Kansas State University and the University of Kansas, are eligible to receive aid while they are enrolled in design engineering classes.

“It is my hope that this program will help attract the best and brightest students to the field of electrical and computer engineering,” said Dr. Min Kao, an electrical engineering graduate. “We believe that this combination of scholarship money and a hands-on experience at one of the world’s premier electronics design and manufacturing companies will inspire college students to commit to an engineering career.”

Read Garmin’s press release about the Electrical and Computer Engineering Education Initiative online.