At Burns & McDonnell, we believe the United States should be a place where kids grow up to engineer a revolutionary water filtration system or design a building with zero environmental impact. We believe in empowering the next generation of STEM professionals to do more than just use apps, but to design them. We believe it’s our responsibility to help these kids change the world.

Burns & McDonnell

Burns & McDonnell is a family of companies bringing together an unmatched team of 7,600 engineers, construction professionals, architects, planners, technologists and scientists to design and build our critical infrastructure. With an integrated construction and design mindset, we offer full-service capabilities with more than 60 offices globally. Founded in 1898, Burns & McDonnell is 100% employee-owned.


The drive to strengthen communities is the heartbeat of what we do, in our work and with the Burns & McDonnell Foundation. Over the past decade, we’ve invested more than $8 million in grant programs that support STEM education. Why do we care so much about this cause? Every day, our employee-owners rely on STEM skills, passion and a lifelong curiosity to change the world. The opportunity to light the same spark and build the same foundation in kids? Well, that’s pretty amazing.



Kids who love STEM have a brighter future.

It’s a special opportunity to inspire a student to pursue a STEM career. Do you remember when you discovered the passion for the work you do today? Perhaps it was an exceptional teacher, an inspiring book or a relative in the same industry. We hope, someday, that many students in the Kansas City area can point to Burns & McDonnell Battle of the Brains as their spark.

Powering Science City

For the employee-owners of Burns & McDonnell and Science City, it’s in our DNA to inspire a passion for STEM in the next generation. Our vision and mission is to encourage these future leaders to push beyond their expectations — to dream big, plan smart and take initiative. Our organizations have long prioritized STEM education as a pathway to a better world — for our children and for us all.

As part of a multiyear, multimillion-dollar commitment, our partnership in 2018 remains a powerful force for our commuinty: Science City Powered by Burns & McDonnell. Through these efforts, we share STEM professionals, insights and unwavering efforts to support STEM education in Kansas City. New initiatives and programming are continuously being developed and added, including a commitment to additional Battle of the Brains cycles.

This partnership has made a difference at Science City, helping to boost attendance by 120 percent since 2011 and encouraging thousands of visitors each year to explore STEM topics. Students and teachers are sharing rave reviews about Science City as a place where learning and fun happen in equal measure. Learn more about our journey together.