Rolls-Royce promotes engineering education in the US

Tuesday, 3 February 2009

Rolls-Royce has pledged $120,000 to establish a new, multi-year engineering scholarship program at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech).  Designed to support undergraduates in engineering, the Rolls-Royce Scholarship Program will fund scholarships for qualified students majoring in four-year engineering programs at the school.

Beginning this year, Rolls-Royce Scholarships will be offered to two undergraduates – rising sophomores or juniors who meet rigorous academic and other eligibility criteria defined by Rolls-Royce and the school.  Those selected will receive $5,000 in annual scholarship support in each of their sophomore, junior and senior years, as long as the recipient remains in good standing with the school, maintains at least a 3.0 grade point average and demonstrates good progress toward completing his/her degree program.

John W. Gill, Executive Vice President, Human Resources in North America said: “Rolls-Royce has a long history of developing engineering skills around the world. Here in the US, numerous Georgia Tech graduates have helped

Rolls-Royce become the world-leading global business it is today. As a major employer, it is important to help develop expertise for the future. Creating a new Rolls-Royce Scholarship program at Georgia Tech furthers our support for engineering education and honors the exceptional engineering undergraduates at this important, nationally-recognized university.”

Dr. Robert Loewy, William R.T. Oakes Professor and Chair of the Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Tech said: “The School of Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Tech is most grateful for the support generously given to us by Rolls-Royce. Rolls-Royce is a leading aircraft engine and power systems provider worldwide. The close relationship we have is highly valued by all of us and plays an important role in the development of our talented and enthusiastic graduates.”

The Rolls-Royce Scholarship Program at Georgia Tech will run through the spring of 2013. Georgia Tech’s Aerospace Systems Design Laboratory (ASDL) at the School of Aerospace Engineering will oversee the selection process in consultation with Rolls-Royce.

  1. Rolls-Royce, a world-leading provider of power systems and services for use on land, at sea and in the air, has established strong positions in its four global markets - civil aerospace, defense aerospace, marine and energy.
  2. In 2007, annual sales were £7.4 (~$14.8) billion, of which 55 per cent was services revenues. The firm and announced order book is £53.5 (~$100) billion.
  3. The company has a broad customer base including more than 600 airlines, 4,000 corporate and utility aircraft and helicopter operators, 160 armed forces, more than 2,000 marine customers, including 70 navies, and energy customers in nearly 120 countries. With facilities in 50 countries, Rolls-Royce employs 39,000 people worldwide and has businesses headquartered in the UK, US, Canada, Germany, Scandinavia and China. This global presence allows the Group to access long-term international growth opportunities with its technology, presence, partnerships and people.
  4. Rolls-Royce continues to invest in core technologies, products, people and capabilities with the objective of broadening and strengthening the product portfolio, improving efficiency and enhancing the environmental performance of its products.
  5. Rolls-Royce has a long history of developing engineering skills around the world. Today we have a network of 29 University Technology Centers (UTCs) in various countries providing technology support for product development as well as fundamental research.
  6. In the US, the company has established several undergraduate engineering scholarship programs most recently at Georgia Tech, and Clemson University in South Carolina. The company also has comprehensive business partner relationships with the University of Illinois and Purdue University in Indiana.

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