The engineering and technology firm Bartlett & West Inc. has been named the 2015 Company of the Year for its extensive support of Kansas State University’s College of Engineering.
By Dean Darren Dawson
The College of Engineering Company of the Year is selected annually, based on demonstrated commitment to engineering education, as well as high standards and quality performance in the engineering profession. Bartlett & West engages with the College of Engineering by financially investing in engineering students, facilities, programs and general excellence, while also hiring many interns from Kansas State University.
“We really focus on a diversity of giving,” said Keith Warta, president of Bartlett & West. “It’s about supporting students, supporting faculty, and then creating a lasting facility that will help many people into the future.”
Bartlett & West has engineering and technology offices across 10 states that emphasize community support in each local area. With an office location in Manhattan, the firm has supported Kansas State University for decades through corporate giving and through matching contributions to enhance gifts from individual Bartlett and West employees.
“K-State engineering is very fortunate to have a corporate partnership with Bartlett & West because they continuously strive to assist us in providing a quality education for our students,” said Darren Dawson, dean of the College of Engineering. “Their support not only helps us in achieving our goal of developing future engineering leaders but also by helping us gain recognition as a top 50 public college by 2025.”
The Kansas State University Foundation works with companies like Bartlett & West to coordinate philanthropic contributions to Kansas State University. The foundation staff helps university partners build lifelong relationships with alumni, friends, faculty, staff and students through involvement and investment in the university.