Florida International University’s (FIU) College of Engineering and Computing has received a $3 million U.S. Department of Energy three-year grant to lead an initiative to prepare minority students for careers with national security entities.
The grant from the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) will create the Consortium for Research and Education in Power and Energy Systems (CREPES) for Sustainable STEM Workforce. Overseen by the Department of Energy’s Minority Serving Institution Partnership Program, two other Minority Serving Institutions also are part of the consortium – Alabama A&M University and the University of Texas at El Paso.
“FIU is the ideal institution to lead this important consortium given its academic offerings and multidisciplinary research capabilities in STEM,” said John L. Volakis, dean of the College of Engineering and Computing. “With almost 80 percent of its student body formed of minority students, FIU is also uniquely positioned to recruit and train a diverse student population for the future workforce NNSA seeks.”
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