Manufacturer of Gore-Tex awards $10,000 grant to MMM Program

March 24, 2009

For the third year in a row, manufacturer W. L. Gore & Associates has awarded a $10,000 grant to Penn State's Master of Manufacturing Management (MMM) Program, which is administered jointly by the College of Engineering and the Smeal College of Business.

The gift will aid in the recruitment of exceptional MMM students through two scholarships in support of students enrolled in the program as W. L. Gore & Associates Fellows. The rest of the gift will be used to support the overall operation of the MMM program.

Gore's involvement with the program extends to the MMM Industrial Advisory Board, on which Gore Plant Leader Brad Way currently serves. The company also actively recruits graduates of the MMM program and hosts networking receptions, recruiting events and plant visits throughout the year for current students.

The MMM program integrates business, leadership, communication management, technology and engineering into a two-semester master's degree curriculum, conferring on its graduates the Master of Manufacturing Management degree.

By drawing upon the knowledge of an advisory board of industry experts and the expertise of faculty in business and engineering, the MMM program offers its students the chance to learn about real-world manufacturing issues as well as the latest research and theory related to process improvement. More on the program can be found online at

Perhaps best known for its consumer products like Gore-Tex fabric and Elixir guitar strings, Gore is a manufacturer of thousands of advanced technology products for the electronics, industrial, fabrics and medical markets.

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Last Updated March 24, 2009