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South Carolina Academic, Congressional, and Industry Leaders Convene at DoD Symposium to Discuss HBCU Contributions to STEM Workforce Development

Featured Photo (l to r):  Duke Hartman, CEO of Integer Technologies; Dr. Godwin E. Mbamalu, Associate Vice President for Research at Benedict College; U.S. Congressman James E. Clyburn (SC-06); Dr. Jessica Furrer, Professor of Environmental Engineering and Interim Dean, School of Science & Engineering, at Benedict College; Crystal Pee, STEM Workforce Development Associate at Integer Technologies; and Benedict College President and CEO, Roslyn Clark Artis, J.D., Ed.D. Not pictured is participant Fatinah Muhammad, Benedict College alumna and Software Engineer I at Integer Technologies. 

PHOTO CREDIT: Kennedy Anderson

Benedict College and Integer Technologies were selected to participate in the Department of Defense (DoD) Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority-Serving Institutions Program Symposium held recently at Claflin University in Orangeburg, SC.  The purpose of this event was to expand DoD activities at HBCU/MIs in South Carolina. 

Dr. Mbamalu and Mr. Hartman presented on best practices in establishing academic-industry partnerships to enhance HBCU/MI research capacity and expand STEM workforce development. 

The presentation focused on the upcoming Office of Naval Research (ONR)-sponsored partnership with Benedict College and Integer. This partnership will have both research and workforce development components that will positively impact Benedict College students and augment South Carolina’s workforce pipeline to meet the needs of the U.S. Navy.  

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