Textron Aviation, maker of Beechcraft and Cessna aircraft, announced this week it will invest in the future of aviation with a $100,000 donation to Kansas State University’s College of Engineering. The Wichita, Kansas-based manufacturer’s gift is aimed specifically at supporting women engineering students.
"Textron Aviation is committed to developing the next generation of STEM professionals," said Michael Thacker, Textron’s senior vice president of engineering. "We are proud to partner with K-State in diversifying and strengthening the pipeline of engineering professionals."
The university has in turn named a conference room in its Academic Success Center after the manufacturer.
The Textron Aviation Women in Engineering Conference Room will serve as a meeting space for the Women in Engineering program, which “provides events and activities offering social engagement, professional development and academic support for female students in the college,” according to Kansas State.