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ExxonMobil Corporation awards academic grant to College of Engineering and Science

ARTICLE HIGHLIGHTS

  • COES receives $23,000 in academic grants
  • Civil, chemical, mechanical, and electrical engineering programs to benefit
  • ExxonMobil has awarded over $20 million dollars in past ten years

ExxonMobil Corporation awarded Louisiana Tech University and its College of Engineering and Science $23,000 in academic grants Wednesday, as part of their nationwide Departmental Grants Program.

Louisiana Tech’s civil engineering, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, and electrical engineering programs will each benefit from the funding provided by ExxonMobil.  This year, ExxonMobil has awarded $2 million in academic grants to 83 colleges and universities.  During the last ten years, ExxonMobil has provided more than $20 million dollars to higher education institutions.

Dr. Stan A. Napper, dean of the College of Engineering and Science at Louisiana Tech, says these funds are vitally important.

1st Row L to R: David Hall (Louisiana Tech), Britney Head (ExxonMobil), Troy O’Laughlin (ExxonMobil), Stan Napper (Louisiana Tech, Dean of Engineering & Science), and Jennifer Johnson (ExxonMobil.) 2nd row L to R: Daniela Mainardi (Louisiana Tech), Stewart McMikel (ExxonMobil), Mel Corley (Louisiana Tech), Jay Wang (Louisiana Tech), and Davis Harbour (Louisiana Tech.)

“The grants allow the departments to allocate money for various educational purposes including scholarships, field trips, visiting speakers, equipment purchases and student and faculty travel,” said Napper.

The Departmental Grants Program is one of many ExxonMobil efforts in support of education.  ExxonMobil supports education initiatives that encourage students to take an active interest in math and science careers, motivate students to learn and perform well in math and science, and provide support for the development of highly qualified teachers especially in the areas of math and science.

Louisiana Tech promotes interdisciplinary collaboration in every college.  The College of Engineering and Science is one of 14 universities affiliated with the National Academy of Engineering, through its Center for the Advancement of Scholarship on Engineering Education.

Written by Catherine Fraser - cfraser@latech.edu