The Cessna Foundation of Wichita and General Dynamics Corp. of St. Louis have pledged $150,000 to the Kansas University Endowment Association for the benefit of the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Kansas University.
The gift, consisting of $125,000 from the Cessna Foundation and $25,000 from General Dynamics, will be used for the acquisition of equipment, Carl E. Locke, dean of the KU School of Engineering, announced Thursday.
"We are proud of our long-time relationship with the University of Kansas and pleased to participate in this important campaign," said Russell W. Meyer, Jr., chairman and chief executive officer of Cessna Aircraft Company, a subsidiary of General Dynamics.
The Cessna Foundation, established in 1952, is a long-standing supporter of aerospace engineering at KU. The $150,000 gift marks the renewal of a commitment that the Cessna Foundation made in 1986, when it gave $75,000 to the Endowment Association for use by the aerospace engineering department.
Locke praised Cessna's relationship with the aerospace engineering department. "Cessna has been a really strong supporter of the aerospace program over the years," he said, "and these monies, combined with the previous pledge, have allowed the department to make great strides."
He added that General Dynamics also "has begun to play an important role in the department by helping to support various collaborative research programs."
Both the new pledge and the earlier $75,000 gift will be counted toward Campaign Kansas, KU's fund drive to raise $177 million.