Donation from Philip and Doris Danielson provides Student Scholarship opportunities in Normandale Vacuum Technology Department courses

By Steven Geller - Director of Media and Public Relations

If you want more information about these scholarship opportunities contact STEM-Ed Program Liaison Tim Lapanne at Tim.Lapanne@normandale.edu

Normandale's Vacuum and Thin Film Technology Department received a donation of nearly $500,000 from the estate of Philip and Doris Danielson, who both passed away in 2015. 

The donation will potentially fund up to 100 student scholarships annually for Normandale Vacuum and Thin Film Technology classes starting in fall 2017.

These scholarships will be offered in the three classes needed to complete a Vacuum and Thin Film Technology certificate. Those classes include VACT 1292 (Introduction to Vacuum Technology), VACT 2293 (Vacuum Analysis and Troubleshooting) and VACT 2297 (Thin Film Deposition).Other supporting classes may also be eligible for scholarships. 

Vacuum Technology (a system maintaining pressure below atmospheric pressure) is an unseen but critical area of technology that is vital to our modern way of life. Vacuum-based systems are required for everything from making computer chips to smart phones to food packaging. Most of the vacuum equipment is very complex, expensive (up to tens of millions of dollars per system) and requires specialized education to design, build and maintain.

Normandale is the only two-year college in the nation to offer an Associate of Applied Science in Vacuum Technology. The College works with local industry leaders to develop a curriculum to prepare students to be ready to contribute at local companies that need employees. Along with their work with local industry, the program recently drew interest from Los Alamos National Laboratory, who visited this past spring and spent time talking to Normandale students about their advanced research institution and interviewing them for potential jobs. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory also visited Normandale this past spring, and has eight students enrolled in the summer session of the Introduction to Vacuum Technology course.

The goal of this donation from Philip and Doris Danielson is to encourage students to take vacuum technology courses and earn a credential in Vacuum and Thin Film Technology.

Philip was an engineer, entrepreneur, and inventor who spent his entire professional career advancing the technology and mentoring others in this unique technical specialty. His interest in furthering education in vacuum technology led him and his wife, Doris, to include Normandale's unique Vacuum and Thin Film Technology program in their wills.

"This very generous gift will enable many students, who might not otherwise have had the chance, to obtain employment in this high tech, interesting and well-paying career," said Normandale Vacuum and Thin Film Technology instructor Del Smith. "We are incredibly thankful for the generosity of Philip and 
Doris Danielson, and we look forward to continuing their legacy with the success of our students through these scholarships."

o obtain employment in this high tech, interesting and well-paying career," said Normandale Vacuum and Thin Film Technology instructor Del Smith. "We are incredibly thankful for the generosity of Philip and 

Doris Danielson, and we look forward to continuing their legacy with the success of our students through these scholarships."