|Kipp Bedard (center) of Micron Technology, Inc. accepts the award from MSU's President Geoff Gamble (left) and Daniel Barz, Chairman of the Board of Directors for the MSU Foundation.|
Micron Technology, Inc. received the Montana State University Foundation’s Excellence in Philanthropy Award for a national corporation or foundation at the Foundation’s Donor Appreciation Dinner held on April 7, 2006.
The Foundation recognized Micron for its broad based support of MSU students through gifts, scholarships, internships, and permanent hires. Since designating MSU and the College of Engineering as a key school in 2001, Micron has hired 40 engineering graduates and provided 31 summer internships at the corporate headquarters in Boise, Idaho. MSU alumni are among Micron’s most valued employees. The Micron Scholarship Program in engineering currently supports 12 of engineering’s best and brightest undergraduates each year with a $5,000 annual, renewable scholarship award. Since the program’s inception, Micron has provided 40 engineering students at MSU with significant levels of financial support.
Montana State University considers Micron a model corporate partner, because it has provided much in addition to its generous student support. Micron has consistently responded to college needs in innovative ways, including providing summer research support for faculty, funding a new student microfabrication lab, providing gifts in kind of equipment, and hosting faculty visits to explore research partnerships. Micron employees have also served on advisory councils and presented technical lectures.
Dan Spangler, Micron’s University Relations Manager, was recognized by the Foundation for his central role in working with MSU to build a strong relationship. Kipp Bedard, Vice President of Investor Relations for Micron and President of the Micron Technology Foundation, accepted the philanthropy award on Micron’s behalf. Ed Mahoney, Vice President of Information Systems and member of Micron’s Academic Relations Advisory Council; Mike Zeigler, Information Systems Business Processes Director; and Kevin Duesman, Manager Engineering Support, also attended the dinner.
Micron provides semiconductor components used in advanced computing, networking, and communications products.