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Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering Receives Donation from Denso North American Foundation

Dennis Hopkins, Dr. Matthew Mench, David Irick, and Dean Wayne Davis
Dennis Hopkins, Vice President of DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee, Inc. (second from right), presents the check for $50,000 to Dr. Matthew Mench (second from left) as MABE Research Assistant Professor David “Butch” Irick (left) and TCE Dean Wayne T. Davis (right) join in expressing appreciation to the company.

On August 30, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering (MABE) received a $50,000 donation from the Denso North American Foundation to support its Rolling Hybrid Vehicle Laboratory.

“The department is grateful to Denso for its continued support of our automotive design activities,” said Dr. Matthew Mench, professor and head of MABE. “The hybrid vehicle laboratory is a huge attraction for students and helps us prepare them for high-tech jobs in the industry with hands-on design experience. As a local employer and international leader in advanced automotive technology, Denso’s continual support of these programs are critical for their success and beneficial for everyone involved.”

Denso Manufacturing Tennessee, Inc., features blended cultures, merged philosophies, and combined energies. Part of a global company—one of the world’s largest manufacturers of advanced technology, components and systems for all major automakers—Denso in Tennessee fulfills a vision of success through excellence.

The company is located in Maryville, Tennessee, in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.