Murata Announces Engineering Fund at Kennesaw State University



Dean Ian Ferguson with Kennesaw State University

Murata announced that it established the Futoshi “Fred” Chanoki Honorary Engineering Fund at Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology (SPCEET) at Kennesaw State University (KSU). Named after Murata Electronics North America’s first president, the funding will support the needs of the Department of Robotics and Mechatronics Engineering, the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and the school’s MakerSpace. This initiative reflects the company’s philosophy of advancing society through innovation and extends beyond products into collaborative relationships.

“When we looked to deepen our engagement with SPCEET and the community, it was an obvious and unanimous choice to honor Fred. For decades he has been a consummate champion of science, technology, math, and engineering education at all levels of learning. He would often say: ‘If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.’ He embodies the notion that sustainable innovation is derived from meaningful partnerships and mutual successes,” said David Kirk, President and CEO, Murata Electronics North America.

Over the years, the need for capable engineering talent has grown exponentially. A long-standing and valuable recruiting resource for Murata, the company currently has over 20 SPCEET and KSU engineering graduates in its North American headquarters in Smyrna, Georgia and throughout the country. Beyond the financial aspect, this deepened engagement will also help cultivate Murata’s next set of future engineers.

“Our College is grateful to extend our existing relationship with Murata through this generous gift. It will undoubtedly generate a lasting impact for our students," said Dean Ian Ferguson. "Industry partnerships are a vital part of the educational experience. We are proud that many of our graduates have used these opportunities to gain rewarding careers at Murata. This gift will further bolster this relationship and the first-class learning experiences available at KSU."

Chanoki has been a tireless advocate in forging relationships throughout the southeast region – not just in business, but with local economic, cultural, and educational organizations. He was recognized for his long-standing commitment in 1986 when he was named by The Japan-America Society of Georgia as an inaugural Mike Mansfield Award winner. This honor lauds individuals that have made significant contributions to promoting a better understanding of cultural and economic issues between the people of the United States and Japan.

The $250,000 gift will be awarded in $50,000 increments over the next five years. For more information, visit Murata.