April 10, 2013 – TTI, Inc. and Mouser Electronics, Inc., two top global distributors for electronic components and a part of the Berkshire Hathaway companies, today announce a scholarship in partnership with the University of Texas at Arlington College of Engineering. The scholarship will help support students enrolled in the university’s Arnold E. Petsche Center for Automotive Engineering who demonstrate academic achievement beyond the classroom.
This scholarship sponsorship supports both TTI’s and Mouser’s long-standing mission of supporting the need for more young people to pursue careers in science and engineering. It further demonstrates the two company’s "pay-it-forward" philosophy by celebrating the accomplishments of a future generation of design engineers.
UT Arlington’s Arnold E. Petsche Center for Automotive Engineering promotes engineering education, innovation and entrepreneurship, especially through its student participation in the Formula SAE® (Society of Automotive Engineers) program, headed by Dr. Bob Woods. Through the design, manufacture, and testing of real Formula SAE cars, it teaches students to apply what they learn in the classroom into real-world engineering know-how.
Since 1982, mechanical engineering professor, Dr. Woods, has led the UT Arlington students in Formula SAE competitions against other universities worldwide. The team’s track record is unmatched – eight victories in the U.S. with more in the U.K., Australia, and Japan. Recently, the team built a hybrid car that competed in the Formula Hybrid contest at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Future plans for this Formula SAE team include building a fully electric car in 2014.
"We're pleased to sponsor a scholarship that will honor these outstanding students who have not only excelled in the classroom, but also have demonstrated a keen interest in engineering, research and innovation gained through the UT Arlington formula racing program. This scholarship is an investment in smart, capable students who will go on to build successful engineering careers," stated Glenn Smith, President and CEO of Mouser Electronics."
"TTI and Mouser are proud to have our names associated with the new Arnold E. Petsche Center for Automotive Engineering program at UT Arlington and this group of remarkably sharp and ambitious young people," said Mike Morton, President, TTI Americas.
"This scholarship further emphasizes the close partnership between the university, TTI and Mouser," shared Dr. Woods. "From providing electronic parts for our projects to mutual marketing efforts (we built a demonstrator for their CES trade show), and employment opportunities for our students, we hope this relationship will continue to grow and be mutually beneficial."
TTI, Inc. a Berkshire Hathaway company, is an authorized, specialty distributor of interconnect, passive and electromechanical (IP&E) components and the distributor of choice for industrial and consumer electronic manufacturers worldwide. Broader and deeper inventory, leading-edge products and custom supply chain solutions have established TTI as the leading specialist in electronic component distribution. Globally, the company maintains 1.2 million cubic feet of dedicated warehouse space containing over 850,000 component part numbers. Along with its subsidiaries, Mouser Electronics and Sager Electronics, TTI employs more than 4,600 employees and is represented in over 100 locations throughout North America, Europe and Asia. For more information about TTI, visit www.ttiinc.com.