“As a company built on decades of engineering advancements, Bobcat is committed to investing in and developing the talent pool that will shape the next century of innovation,” said Mike Ballweber, president, Doosan Bobcat North America. “We are proud to support NDSU as they educate future engineers who are helping us transform how the world runs job sites, builds cities and thinks about a sustainable future.”
Bobcat is North Dakota’s largest manufacturer and a major employer with more than 3,750 employees at facilities in Bismarck, Gwinner, Fargo, West Fargo and Wahpeton. Bobcat is also one of the largest employers of NDSU graduates: more than 55 percent of all Bobcat engineers are NDSU alumni.
In addition to Bobcat’s $5 million donation, other corporate and private donations have been made. The private funds will be used to match the North Dakota legislature’s appropriations of $59 million for the new center.
The new facility will foster multidisciplinary engineering education, provide advanced technology and encourage innovation and problem-solving in labs and collaborative workspaces.
“The college of engineering plays a critical role in the state by educating the next generation of workforce, conducting research that matters to our economy and engaging with communities to work on problems and identify solutions that advance our society,” said Dave Cook, president, NDSU.
Bobcat’s investment in NDSU students stretches back to 2005, when the company began a formal partnership by supporting NDSU’s technology incubator. Over the years, Bobcat has supported NDSU scholarships, equipment, robotics and STEM education.