Garmin executive gives $1 million to engineering expansionKSU Foundation
|Dr. Min Kao, of Garmin
International Inc., made a $1 million gift to create four labs in the
Phase IV building addition at the Kansas State University College of
Engineering. (Photo: KSU Foundation)|
Min Kao, of Garmin International Inc., has made a $1 million gift to create four
labs in the Phase IV building addition at the Kansas State University College of
This latest gift is above and beyond the more than $1
million in contributions Dr. Kao has previously given in support of the K-State
College of Engineering through the sponsorship of electrical engineering,
computer engineering and computer science scholarships, as well as improvements
to the engineering facilities on campus.
Dr. Kao is a co-founder and the
executive chairman of Garmin Ltd., with U.S. headquarters in Olathe, Kansas. He
earned a doctoral degree in electrical engineering from the University of
Tennessee. He is a member of the KSU Foundation’s Presidents Club, a
philanthropic leadership organization for friends and alumni of K-State, and the
College of Engineering’s Seaton Society, which honors philanthropic leadership
among college friends and alumni.
"I am appreciative of state and
university leaders who have shown their commitment to making Kansas State
University a great institution of higher learning for future engineers," said
Dr. Kao. "The university’s bold Phase IV addition to the College of Engineering
demonstrates their commitment to the future of engineering, and I am delighted
to sponsor the creation of these four engineering labs."
and purpose align with the generosity of partners like Dr. Kao and Garmin, this
advances Kansas State University toward its strategic vision to become a top 50
public research university by 2025," said Kirk Schulz, president of
"We are so fortunate to partner with visionary leaders like Dr.
Kao, who know the Phase IV addition empowers us to provide quality education
within a research environment, develop engineering leaders to benefit society
and ultimately gain recognition as a top 50 public college," added Darren
Dawson, dean of the College of Engineering.
Learn more about the Phase IV expansion