Applied Materials employees used a bit of engineering and sun power to raise money for the Capital Area Food Bank in Austin, Texas. The thirdannual Solar Car Race, challenges engineering teams to compete for thefastest solar car design.
Employees pay a fee to enter and provide funds in a variety of ways to supporttheir favorite car. Recently, an Applied employee and one of the eventorganizers, Dale Morris, was featured on the food bank’s website, "While the event is geared toward raising money, for many teams thebragging rights are serious business. Teams can be found huddled around whiteboards, scheming up their secret ideas that will hopefully placethem ahead of the other teams," Dale writes.
The solar car race is just one of many events that employees support during the company’s annual food drive. Last year, Applied Materials employees, along with the Applied Foundation, donated over $1million to 28 food banks across the country.