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K-State Today Student Edition

September 14, 2018

College of Engineering names Netsmart 2018 Company of the Year

By Mary Rankin

The Kansas State University College of Engineering will honor Netsmart as the 2018 Company of the Year at its 35th annual Career Fair Recognition event, Sept. 19, in the Engineering Complex atrium.

The selection is based on exhibited commitment to engineering education, as well as high standards and quality performance in the engineering profession. 

Netsmart, headquartered in Overland Park, connects the often unconnected pieces in health care — behavioral health, senior living, care at home and social services communities — for its 560,000 users and more than 25,000 organizations through technology and services that integrate patient information from multiple sources to support whole-person care.

"The College of Engineering at Kansas State University continues to educate the next generation of engineers and computer scientists to the benefit of Kansas, the region and beyond," said Mike Valentine, chief executive officer of Netsmart and 1990 graduate in industrial engineering.

"Netsmart takes great pride in supporting this excellence as well as continued hiring of the skilled and well-qualified graduates of its programs. We value K-State's focus on the integration of academics with the real challenges that companies such as Netsmart are tackling each day. We believe this differentiates them as a university in creating top talent," he said.

Netsmart has been a CS Scholars Partner in the department of computer science since 2017, and in that role provides scholarships as well as mentorships for students. It is currently in its second year as a corporate partner in the college's Engineering Leadership and Innovation, or ELI, program, and continues to be a top employer of K-State engineering graduates.

"Netsmart has been a strong partner and its support, in particular, of our ELI and CS Scholars Partner programs has been an immense benefit to our students' educational experience," said Darren Dawson, dean of the College of Engineering at Kansas State University. "It is a privilege and honor to recognize them as our 2018 Company of the Year."

Established in 1974, the Company of the Year event is hosted and sponsored by the university's Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honorary Society.