Schaumburg, IL--For the sixth consecutive year, Omron Electronics Inc. is supporting the Design News Engineering Foundation with a major donation of $10,000. This gift benefits engineering students at the university level.
According to Tony Tinaglia, vice president of the Control Components Div., Omron's participation in this program and others stems from their dedication to "providing students with the proper education to meet company and community expectations when they enter the work force." Other driving factors include Omron's desire to expand upon the awareness of the engineering profession and to help promote/encourage students to pursue engineering careers.
"Being an electronics company, our products are engineering intensive from customer design to manufacturing, including product development and marketing," says Tinaglia. "Therefore, we focus on the engineering community since it contributes largely to our success and future growth."
Founder Kazuma Tateisi's corporate philosophy remains at the root of Omron's success, as President Shingo Akechi continues to encourage employees to act as responsible corporate citizens by giving back to their communities. Omron does this through Founders Day, where employees participate in volunteer activities in their communities; through Omron factories built for and run by physically disabled workers; and by supporting educational programs.
The Omron Foundation, Omron's philanthropic arm, provides scholarship programs to five universities in Illinois.
Recently, a donation on behalf of the Omron Foundation was made to Northern Illinois University (NIU) to support their concurrent engineering program. This program is based on a philosophy of enhancing engineering education through classroom project-related activities involving multiple engineering disciplines.
As one of the world's leading suppliers of factory automation and control components, Omron's products are developed and supported by engineers worldwide. These engineers work in areas such as material science, mechanical design, bioengineering, and electronic- and optical-system design. Their work goes into developing Omron's product lines, including sensors, relays, switches, PLCs, and vision systems.
"Not only do we need to support education," says Tinaglia, "we need to encourage today's youth to pursue engineering careers. Otherwise, the technology advantage our country enjoys today could shift to other countries."