The Berks Learning Factory would not be as successful as it has been if it were not for the support of our industrial sponsors and partners.
There are several ways to help support the Berks Learning Factory and Penn State's Capstone Design Program:
1. Sponsor a freshman client-driven project ($1000)
2. Sponsor a senior capstone project ($2000)
3. Provide unrestricted gifts for materials, equipment, and/or supplies used in any of the departmental facilities.
4. Donate your time and energy by becoming part of our Industrial Advisory Council.
Companies will be asked to provide logos (for our website, newsletter, and brochures) and/or corporate banners (to display in our facilities and at events) to help us acknowledge their support and contributions.
Benefits to Sponsors:
- Building relationships with students
- Gaining new ideas for real-world design challenges
- Helping to educate students about real-world engineering challenges
- Low-risk, low-cost investment with high potential ROI (return on investment)
- Work on "back burner" projects and help refine ideas
- Help start-up and small companies with prototyping and development work (while developing a business plan through collaboration with a team of business students)
- Direct access to some of the best Penn State Berks students (extended interview)
- Newly hired employees (i.e., Penn State students) are better trained as a result
- Company liaison overseeing the project gains invaluable project management experience
- Increase brand awareness among Penn State students and faculty
- Entry point (and guide) into the Penn State network
- Network with other companies through Learning Factory events and cross-promotions
- Opportunity to give back to the University and influence the education and careers of many students
Benefits to Students:
- Gaining real-world experience in problem solving
- Working with a possible future employer
- Working on teams to gain a better understanding of engineering roles
- Networking opportunities with industry and faculty
- Experimenting, modeling, and/or prototyping designs
- Gaining realistic expectations of what it is like to work in industry