Leidos gift to support student involvement, research efforts at WVU

A grant from FORTUNE 500 science and information technology company Leidos will assist research initiatives and student involvement at campus events at West Virginia University.

The grant was made through the WVU Foundation and will be used to continue research funding on topics like blockchain technology, and population health data management, which attempts to investigate and alleviate the health problems that ail the state.

“Our partnership with Leidos has proven extremely valuable for the campus community and greater Morgantown area,” said Cynthia Sweet, associate vice president of Corporate and Government Relations at WVU. “They help our students prepare for real-world experiences by offering applied workshops and supporting our hackathons and other academic programming. They partner with our researchers by providing generous grants to support their work in relevant industry topics.”

In addition, the donation will be used to support WVU’s efforts to get students involved in specific events like the National Society of Black Engineers, providing funds for Engineers Week and supporting on-campus tech and development workshops.

“Our relationship with WVU has been extremely rewarding,” said Leidos Chief Technology Officer John Fratamico. “We’ve been able to collaborate on some really exciting research projects and have been able to meet and recruit many talented students and alumni.”

The donation was secured through a collaborative effort made by Foundation representatives and WVU Corporate Relations.

Established in 1969, Leidos is a global solutions and services leader working to solve the world’s toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, civil and health markets. The company’s 32,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers.

The gift was made in conjunction with “A State of Minds: The Campaign for West Virginia’s University,” which runs through December.

November 29, 2017