Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Dr. John B. Williams and Dr. Denise Grant, SC State professors in the College of Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Technology presented two of the four seminars during the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Environmental Management HBCU Technology Day.
Sponsored by the DOE’s Office of Environmental Management, ‘Technology Day’ provided a forum for the DOE to showcase HBCU opportunities and initiatives that have helped in the Nation’s efforts to clean up waste sites and develop career paths for students. ‘Technology Day’ was held on the campus of Spelman College in Atlanta, Ga., at the Johnnetta B. Cole Living and Learning Center II Auditorium.
“I believe the forum benefited DOE representatives, faculty and students,” said Dr. Grant. “I learned about programs designed to recruit and retain new DOE employees as well as about research being conducted by other HBCU’s and how the DOE applies research findings,” she continued.
Technological advances in the Nation’s environmental management needs were highlighted during the conference. Formal presentations of the research projects conducted with grants received from the Office were also presented.
“It is encouraging to see the important role of HBCU’s in nationwide remediation efforts,” said Dr. Williams. “The DOE Professional Development Corps is an excellent program to train graduates to meet our country’s energy and environmental needs,” he said.
Participating HBCU’s included:
• Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, Ga.
• Morehouse College, Atlanta, Ga.
• Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, Ga.
• Spelman College, Atlanta, Ga.
• North Carolina A & T State University, Greensboro, N.C.
• SC State University, Orangeburg, S.C.
For more information about Environmental Management HBCU ‘Technology Day’, contact Dr. John B. Williams, professor, SC State’s Department of Biological & Physical Sciences at (803) 536-8518 or Dr. Denise Grant, professor, SC State’s Department of Civil Engineering and Technology at (803) 536-8859.