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From left: McCormick School Dean Julio M. Ottino; Northwestern University Provost Daniel I. Linzer; Alan Taub, vice president of GM Global Research & Development; and Kellogg School Senior Associate Dean David Austen-Smith.

McCormick School Dean Julio M. Ottino; Northwestern University Provost Daniel I. Linzer; Alan Taub, vice president of GM Global Research & Development; and Kellogg School Senior Associate Dean David Austen-Smith.

Partnering for success

An $80,000 gift from General Motors will help support student conferences at Kellogg — and a host of other Northwestern University initiatives


10/4/2010 - The Kellogg School of Management and the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science at Northwestern University have jointly received an $80,000 grant from General Motors to support a variety of educational and student initiatives.

“General Motors’ generosity will help our students plan conferences in which senior corporate leaders discuss their vision and outlook on a wide range of business topics,” said David Austen-Smith, senior associate dean at Kellogg and the Peter G. Peterson Professor of Corporate Ethics. “We are grateful to continue our successful partnership with GM, and we hope to do so for years to come.”

In addition to Kellogg student conferences, the grant will also fund scholarships for females and minorities, resources for career development and the MMM Program, a joint program between Kellogg and McCormick that trains master’s-level students in modern manufacturing and business.

It also will support the EXCEL program, an intense five-week initiative that prepares minority students for their freshman year, as well as the Segal Design Institute, a McCormick-based program dedicated to the study of human-centered design. GM has supported the Segal Design Institute from its inception by advising faculty on overall project selection and by working with student study groups as advisers and subject matter experts.

“We’re excited and thankful to General Motors for their generous gift,” said Julio M. Ottino, dean of McCormick. “McCormick strives to partner with industry on many levels, including research and education. This grant will help provide students with more education and student-group opportunities and will help in McCormick’s goal to give students a whole-brained engineering education.”

General Motors established the GM Foundation (GMF) in 1976 to ensure the continuity of its philanthropic efforts. The GMF is committed to supporting organizations and programs designed to affect and improve the quality of life in communities. The GMF supports a variety of activities in four major areas: education, health and human services, environment and energy, and community development.