FIRST Announces Bechtel as Strategic Partner

Global Engineering and Construction Company Has Supported FIRST Since 2008

MANCHESTER, N.H., October 2, 2014FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), a not-for-profit organization founded by inventor Dean Kamen to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology, has officially recognized Bechtel as a FIRST Strategic Partner. The global engineering, construction, and project management company has provided multifaceted support to FIRST since 2008.

“As a leader in their industry, it is only fitting that Bechtel invest in the FIRST mission of inspiring and preparing the next generation of trailblazers and innovators,” said Donald E. Bossi, FIRST President. “Bechtel has a long history of supporting FIRST – not only with generous dollars, but also by working hands-on with our teams. We are proud to call Bechtel a Strategic Partner.”

With more than $1M already committed to FIRST, as a Strategic Partner Bechtel is recognized as providing the highest level of Sponsorship available at FIRST through its cumulative and overarching support of the organization.

Besides providing financial support to FIRST teams and events over the years, many Bechtel employees donate their time as Mentors and Volunteers. Over the last year, the company worked with students on nearly 40 teams around the world including teams in Australia, Canada, Chile, Malaysia, Thailand, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

 “Our colleagues are passionate about volunteerism and engaging students in a fun and meaningful way to inspire the next generation of engineers,” said Charlene Wheeless, Bechtel’s global manager of corporate affairs. “FIRST is a creative program that shows students the impact of science and technology on our lives and is an ideal fit for our commitment to making a difference in the communities where we work.  We love being a part of it.”

Founded in 1898, Bechtel has worked on more than 25,000 projects in 160 countries on all seven continents. In concert with its partners, suppliers, and communities, the company  delivers complex projects that span the communications, energy, environmental remediation, mining, national security, and transportation industries.

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About FIRST®  
Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. With support from over 200 of the Fortune 500 companies and more than $20 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC® ) for students in Grades 9-12; FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC® ) for Grades 7-12; FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL® ) for Grades 4-8; and Junior FIRST® LEGO® League (Jr.FLL®) for Grades K-3. Gracious Professionalism® is a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. To learn more about FIRST, go to

About Bechtel
Bechtel is among the most respected engineering, project management, and construction companies in the world. We stand apart for our ability to get the job done right—no matter how big, how complex, or how remote. Bechtel operates through five global business units that specialize in civil infrastructure; power generation, communications, and transmission; mining and metals; oil, gas, and chemicals; and government services. Since its founding in 1898, Bechtel has worked on more than 25,000 projects in 160 countries on all seven continents. Today, our 53,000 colleagues team with customers, partners, and suppliers on diverse projects in nearly 40 countries.

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Cheryl Walsh, FIRST 
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          Haley Dunn, FIRST
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