September 14, 2007
Washington Savannah River Company and ASU to unveil new Physics Lab
Augusta, Ga. – Augusta State University and Washington Savannah River Company officials will designate the new Washington Savannah River Company Computational Physics Lab at ASU, Tuesday, Sept. 18, at 8:30 a.m. The ceremony will be held in W3001 Science Hall.
“The significant contributions made to the physics program and Augusta State University have provided us the ability to purchase state-of-the-art laboratory equipment for our introductory physics courses which serve over 700 students each year,” says Andy Hauger, chair of the Department of Chemistry and Physics. “This generous funding has also given us the opportunity to jumpstart our new computational physics lab, which required the purchase of computers, software, and industry standard data-acquisition systems. This equipment will get steady use in our advanced courses and in our growing undergraduate research program. We are grateful for these donations and hope to continue working with Washington Savannah River Company to improve the education we provide our students.”
The honor follows a $50,000 gift to enhance science education at ASU from the company that operates the 310-square mile Savannah River Site.
“Raising the scientific and technical education is important to 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.”
The lab has been equipped with state-of-the art systems that include wireless and remote data acquisition equipment to support physics courses and research opportunities. The new equipment will further student and faculty involvement in science, specifically chemistry and physics related studies. The gift also provided for laptop and tablet computers for analysis and programming work by students in advanced physics courses.
“The unveiling of this lab signifies the commitment that Washington Savannah River Company and its partners have in turning out qualified scientists to support not only the Savannah River Site workforce needs, but the CSRA’s growing technological industry,” says ASU President William A. Bloodworth, Jr.