SC State sends nuclear engineering grad to SRS

Monday, February 5, 2007

ORANGEBURG, SC – The second graduate of SC State University’s new Nuclear Engineering Program has been hired by the Washington Savannah River Company (WSRC), which operates the Savannah River Site (SRS) near Aiken, S.C.

Aundrie Blanchard will be beginning her career in the Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL). SC State’s first Nuclear Engineering graduate, Patricia Glenn, currently works at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Oak Ridge Office.

In addition to the bachelor of science degree in Nuclear Engineering, Blanchard also earned a bachelor of science degree in professional biology. As a student, she was the DOE/Nuclear Engineering Scholarship recipient and on the National Dean’s List.

“The Nuclear Engineering program at SC State educates a new generation of minority nuclear engineers that are well prepared to serve such companies as the Washington Savannah River Company," said SC State President Andrew Hugine Jr.

"Nuclear engineering is experiencing a rebirth, and this institution is dedicated to facilitating partnerships that provide valuable academic experiences for our students and our highly skilled nuclear engineering faculty," he added.

WSRC President Bob Pedde said the Site is proud to have such a positive working relationship with SC State.

"As our country sees the resurgence of the nuclear industry, prepared educational institutions such as South Carolina State University will be ready to fill the nation's needs," Pedde said. "State will play a significant role in our future through their nuclear education programs."

SC State offers the Nuclear Engineering Program in agreement with the University of Wisconsin – Madison. This partnership effectively created the only nuclear engineering degree program at an Historically Black College or University.

The mission of SC State’s Nuclear Engineering Program is to enhance excellence and diversity in the field of nuclear energy by increasing the number of minorities prepared for graduate studies and employment within the nuclear industry.

The Savannah River Site is owned by the U.S. Department of Energy. Washington Savannah River Company, which operates the site and Savannah River National Laboratory, is a subsidiary of Washington Group International.