Aerojet Rocketdyne completes $40,000 donation to SAU Engineering
MAGNOLIA – GenCorp Foundation, the philanthropic arm of GenCorp and its subsidiary company Aerojet Rocketdyne of Camden, recently invested $20,000 in the Engineering program at Southern Arkansas University, completing a $40,000 overall donation.
The College of Science and Engineering plans to purchase equipment for testing the tensile stress and compressive strength of different materials for use in the Structural and Strength of Materials Laboratory.
Aerojet Rocketdyne of Camden, through GenCorp Foundation, has also provided $4,000 for Southern Arkansas University scholarships to benefit engineering majors who have financial need, with preference given to awarding female or minority applicants.
“Aerojet Rocketdyne is a world leader in tactical propulsion, and we want to continue as such into the future. We are depending upon SAU’s Engineering program to be a source for our technology services. SAU is imperative to our success,” said Rob Shenton, vice president of solid propulsion operations at Aerojet. “Having engineers from this area is key to us.”
GenCorp Foundation has previously supported STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) at SAU by funding equipment for the Science Center, as well as a science laboratory preceptor program.
Aerojet Rocketdyne is a world-recognized aerospace and defense leader providing propulsion and energetics to the space, missile defense, strategic, tactical missile and armaments areas.
Southern Arkansas University reached an all-time record enrollment this fall and was the fastest growing university in Arkansas with a 16.7% jump over last year’s record. This growth is thanks in part to new and unique academic programs SAU is bringing to the region. SAU’s engineering program was established in 2014, and is the only engineering program in South Arkansas.
To find out more about SAU Engineering, visit http://www.saumag.edu/science.