Educational Grants

The DENSO North America Foundation has given many grants since its establishment in January 2001. Here are just some of the projects funded over the years:


California State University

Long Beach

  • Equipment and Sr. Design Projects
  • Laser Scan & Design Projects
  • NDT Lab & Formula & Mini-Baja
  • Automotive research, development and education lab equipment
  • Mill for Composite & Manufacturing Lab
  • Robot/Programmable Material Handling System
  • Additive-Manufacturing technology
  • Computer-supported plasma cutting system

Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advance Learning

Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

  • Mini-Baja, Trailer, Chassis
  • Engine Lab / Equipment
  • Formula SAE

East Tennessee State University

Johnson City, Tenn.

  • Mobile Lab Equipment

Instituto Technologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey

Monterrey, Mexico

  • Autotronics Lab, Student Projects
  • Engine Dynamometer and Instrumentation / CarTec
  • Formula SAE team
  • Senior engineering capstone design projects

Kellogg Community College

Battle Creek, Mich.

  • Learning Module Conversion

Kettering University

Flint, Mich.

  • Simulation & Control Lab
  • Formula SAE
  • SAE Student teams
  • Automotive and Motorsports Programs

Lawrence Technological University

Southfield, Mich.

  • Formula Zero/Element One
  • Instructional Resource Lab
  • Formula SAE
  • Thermal Management Lab: heat transfer and storage stations
  • Navigation and Autonomous Ground Vehicle Laboratory
  • Dynamometer For Student Project

Mississippi State University

Mississippi State

  • Smoke Meter / Engine Lab
  • Engine Dynamometer
  • Flowbench
  • Diesel Engine Controller / EcoCar
  • Dynamometer Software
  • Electronically controlled common-rail diesel injection system

Michigan State University

East Lansing

  • Manufacturing Learning Center
  • Dynamometer, Exhaust system, Prius
  • Study of Energetically Enhanced Plasma Ignition Systems For Internal Combustion Engines

Michigan Technological University


  • Dust Collection System
  • Enterprise Future Truck
  • Enterprise & Youth Outreach
  • Challenge X Enterprise
  • Chassis Dynamometer
  • Automotive Enterprise / Plasma Cutter and ops
  • Student Design Center
  • Keweenaw Research Center and Enterprise Program

Miller College

Battle Creek, Mich.

  • Computer Equipment

North Carolina State University

Raleigh, North Carolina

The Ohio State University


  • Conference Room
  • Electronics Lab
  • Challenge X & Buckeye Bullet
  • Construction / Student Office Phase II
  • DENSO Energy Storage Lab
  • Hardware-in-the-loop for student projects

Pellissippi State Technical College

Knoxville, Tenn.

  • Manufacturing Training Center
  • Equipment / PC, Software

Tennessee Technological University


  • Vehicle Engineering Complex
  • Smart Classroom
  • Capstone Design Lab
  • Electronics, Drives & Generators Energy Laboratory / build out and furnishings
  • Industrial Maintenance Program

University of Detroit Mercy

Detroit, Mich.

  • Equipment, Capstone Design
  • Development of Design Center
  • Mobility Laboratory
  • Thermal management system components, Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition energy storage system
  • Student Project development of advanced prototyping and electronic sensing systems
  • Mechanical Engineering Design Curriculum
  • Autonomous vehicle with laser radar and GPS
  • Student Project development for autonomous vehicle and advanced driver assistance systems

University of Guelph

Ontario, Canada

  • Formula Team – Trailer

University of Michigan


  • Climate Control Lab
  • Student Project
  • Nanofluid Application for Vehicle and Battery Thermal Management

The University of Tennessee


  • Mini-Baja
  • Mini-Baja, Tools, Equipment and Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering Capstone Design program
  • Engineering capstone project for Baja SAE competition

The University of Tennessee


  • Manufacturing Lab
  • Emissions Measurement Equipment
  • Emissions Equipment
  • Chassis dynamometer control and test management system
  • Advanced Powertrain, Controls and Systems Laboratory support
  • Ecocar 2 project

University of Waterloo

Ontario, Canada

  • Thermal laboratory/Rankine Cycle
  • Student Project – Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition Robot Entry
  • Student Team Engine and Emission Test Equipment
  • Rapid prototyping/manufacturing equipment

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, Tenn.

  • Diesel Engine
  • Turbo Jet Engine

Western Michigan University


  • Brick and Mortar
  • Instrumentation System Upgrades
  • Smart Vehicle Lab / Equipment
  • Student Project gasoline direct-injection engine
  • Formula Hybrid (FSAE) Program
  • CAN Test Bed
  • Senior design projects on vehicular wireless communications and networking systems
  • HVAC optimization for plug in hybrid electric vehicles
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