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USC Aiken engineering program boosted again

Posted: December 6, 2017 - 1:05am
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Savannah River Nuclear Solutions LLC recently made another installment toward its $550,000 endowed engineering professorship at the University of South Carolina Aiken. Pictured are Dr. Gerald Prendergast (from left), USC Aiken engineering professor; Dr. Titan Paul, USC Aiken engineering professor; Dr. Daren Timmons, dean of the USC Aiken College of Sciences and Engineering; Dr. Jeff Priest, USC Aiken executive vice chancellor for academic affairs; Stuart MacVean, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions president and CEO; David Little, senior director of Fluor Federal Services; and Dr. Bethany Fralick, USC Aiken engineering professor.
Savannah River Nuclear Solutions LLC recently made another installment toward its $550,000 endowed engineering professorship at the University of South Carolina Aiken. Pictured are Dr. Gerald Prendergast (from left), USC Aiken engineering professor; Dr. Titan Paul, USC Aiken engineering professor; Dr. Daren Timmons, dean of the USC Aiken College of Sciences and Engineering; Dr. Jeff Priest, USC Aiken executive vice chancellor for academic affairs; Stuart MacVean, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions president and CEO; David Little, senior director of Fluor Federal Services; and Dr. Bethany Fralick, USC Aiken engineering professor.

Savannah River Nuclear Solutions LLC made another investment in the region's developing workforce Nov. 27, when the company's president and chief executive officer presented an installment of the organization's $550,000 endowed engineering professorship to the University of South Carolina Aiken.

"We recognize the importance of creating and maintaining strong relationships with local colleges and universities," said SRNS' Stuart MacVean. "We have a great partnership with USC Aiken.

"Though our close ties with USC Aiken go back decades, we continually seek new ways to mutually support one another with the shared goal of ensuring the success of every graduating student. We know that in time, the success of each student could easily be contributing to the future achievements of both USC Aiken and SRNS."

SRNS has been a critical partner to the university since the inception of USC Aiken's industrial process engineering program.

During the development of the program, the university and SRNS helped identify current and anticipated workforce requirements and how the program might meet those needs in the region. In addition to providing technical insight and expertise, SRNS has given the largest single donation to the university's engineering program, launched fall of 2015.

With the financial support of SRNS, the program now has three dedicated faculty members and an initial cohort of students who will graduate in May.

"We are extremely grateful for the tremendous support of SRNS," USC Aiken Chancellor Dr. Sandra Jordan said.

"SRNS has been an invaluable partner to the university - not only through its financial gifts but through its scientists' expertise in the development of many of our programs, including our signature engineering program; the insightful mentorship SRNS professionals have provided our students; generous scholarships and the enriching internship opportunities our students experience at SRNS," she said.

Faculty, staff and students celebrated this partnership between SRNS and USC Aiken after the check presentation during a reception in USC Aiken's Learning Commons in the Gregg-Graniteville on campus.

 

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