Continuing our effort to reach out to women and minorities in STEM fields, our Equipment and Solutions Division co-sponsors the Northwest branch of the Conference on Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP) at the University of Washington in Seattle. The three-day conference hosts approximately 200 undergraduate women and includes research talks, panel discussions about graduate school and careers in physics, a poster session, and a career exploration fair.
The spirit of charitable contribution runs deep at MKS, as our company and our employees make financial and in-kind donations in local communities. During the COVID-19 crisis, our US employees donated over $39,000. to support the efforts of the United Way in our local communities and MKS donated $100,000.
From food, clothing and toy drives to donations of school supplies, our employees continually contribute to their communities. Some have made it a group activity by teaming up to repair homes in their area.
For example, the annual Fix-Up Festival in Bozeman, Montana brings the community together for one day each year to provide minor repairs for low-income neighbors, making their homes safer, more accessible, and more energy efficient. In the spirit of neighbors helping neighbors, homeowners receive labor and materials at no cost thanks to the contributions and support.
In addition, MKS has four college scholarships dedicated in the memory of four long-term employees who lost their lives to cancer. Their work ethic, dedication, loyalty, and willingness to go the extra mile reflected the very best of MKS tradition, and these same qualities are sought in scholarship recipients. Scholarship recipients are granted $6,000 over four years.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, certain US and Mexico employees took it upon themselves to use 3D printing to manufacture relief straps, face shields and other PPE for donation to healthcare professionals working on the front lines.