PPG donates $5,000 to Women in Engineering program at University of Akron

Funding supports summer camps for girls

Tom Meyer, plant manager at the PPG Industries chemicals facility in Barberton, presents a $5,000 check from the PPG Industries Foundation to Lauren Selle, chemical engineering student at the University of Akron, to support the university’s Women in Engineering program's summer camps for girls entering middle school and high school. Also pictured are Kaye Bogue, at left, assistant director of development, University of Akron College of Engineering, and Heidi Cressman, director of the university's Women in Engineering program.
BARBERTON, Ohio, April 1, 2010 – The PPG Industries Foundation has donated $5,000 to the University of Akron’s Women in Engineering program to support its “Multiplying Your Options” (MYO) summer camp for girls entering grades 7 and 8 and the “Summer Experience in Engineering at The University of Akron” (SEE UA) summer camp for girls entering grades 9 through 12.

"We are very pleased to receive support from PPG for this program," said Heidi Cressman, director of the Women in Engineering program at the University of Akron. "PPG’s continued support provides a foundation for the MYO and SEE UA summer camps, which encourage diversity, promote innovation and reward the intellectual curiosity of girls in middle school and high school while also giving them a taste of how cool the engineering disciplines really are.”

The MYO summer camp, in its tenth year, and the SEE UA camp, in its fifth year, both are designed to develop girls’ enthusiasm for the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and to empower the girls through their successful completion of challenging projects. The programs strive to plant the seed for participants to pursue engineering studies, and they use a multifaceted approach to introducing STEM learning that includes technical sessions led by engineering faculty, field trips to see engineering in action at plants and corporations such as PPG, a major group project, and discussions facilitated by female engineering faculty and students. From applicants across Northeast Ohio, 25-50 girls are selected to attend each five-day program at a reduced cost.

“PPG is strongly committed to supporting the communities where its employees work and live,” said Tom Meyer, plant manager for PPG’s chemicals manufacturing facility in Barberton. “We are proud to support the University of Akron’s Women in Engineering program in helping to prepare tomorrow’s leaders in business, science and technology through the MYO and SEE UA summer camps.”

Established in 1951, the PPG Industries Foundation demonstrates the values of PPG Industries by enhancing the quality of life in communities where the company has a presence. Interests of the foundation, in order of priority, are education, human services, culture and arts, and civic and community affairs. PPG also supports charitable causes by encouraging employee volunteerism and executives’ involvement with nonprofit organizations.

About Women in Engineering at the University of Akron
The University of Akron established the Women in Engineering Program in 1993 to recruit more women into engineering disciplines by providing the tools and resources students need to successfully complete their degrees. Since then, the program has grown to include outreach programs, student and professional mentoring programs, orientation programs, and community-based activities such as the engineering camps for girls. The University of Akron is very committed to encouraging all students to pursue their dreams, attend college, and productively contribute to an increasingly technological society. In addition, The Women in Engineering Program at The University of Akron is committed to providing professional, innovative and well-educated female engineers to the workforce.

About PPG
PPG Industries’ vision is to continue to be the world’s leading coatings and specialty products company. Founded in 1883, the company serves customers in industrial, transportation, consumer products, and construction markets and aftermarkets. With headquarters in Pittsburgh, PPG operates in more than 60 countries around the globe. Sales in 2009 were $12.2 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com.

K.C. McCrory
PPG Corporate Communications