July 18, 2007
Science lab named for Washington Savannah River Company
Augusta, Ga. – A computational physics laboratory in the Department of Chemistry and Physics has been named in honor of the Washington Savannah River Company, operator of the 310-square mile Savannah River Site. The honor follows a gift from the company to enhance science education at Augusta State University.
“This generous gift from the Washington Savannah River Company will provide not only much needed equipment in the Department of Chemistry and Physics, but more importantly, it will help provide our students with a cutting edge science education that is so important in our technological climate,” says ASU President William Bloodworth, Jr.
The $50,000 gift will be used to purchase progressive equipment such as a complete lab system that will support introductory physics courses and allow wireless and remote data-acquisition.
It will also provide for laptop or tablet computers for analysis and programming work by students in advanced physics courses. Additional components will be used to provide data-acquisition capability for students performing undergraduate research.
“Raising the scientific and technical education is important to Washington Group International and Washington Savannah River Company,” says Leo Sain, president of Washington Savannah River Company. “Providing students with a deeper understanding of math and science is enlightened self-interest because we know we’ll need the best minds to continue to move the Savannah River Site and this country forward.”
Helen Hendee, ASU vice president for development and alumni relations, thinks the connection between these two organizations can provide multi-faceted positive outcomes.
“Reconnecting and establishing a partnership with the Washington Group is very important for ASU,” she says. “It is truly the bridge connecting education and technology between two great organizations. Through our relationship, our students can become their employees and their employees our alumni.”
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