SRNS Helps Underwrite USC Aiken Engineering Program

November 27, 2017

Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC, made another investment in the region’s developing workforce Monday, Nov. 27, when the president and chief executive officer presented an installment of the organization's $550,000 endowed engineering professorship to the University of South Carolina Aiken.

"We recognize the importance of creating and maintaining strong relationships with local colleges and universities," said Stuart MacVean, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions president and CEO.  "We have a great partnership with USC Aiken.

"Though our close ties with USC Aiken go back decades, we continually seek new ways to mutually support one another with the shared goal of ensuring the success of every graduating student.  We know that in time, the success of each student could easily be contributing to the future achievements of both USC Aiken and SRNS."

SRNS has been a critical partner to the university since the inception of USC Aiken's industrial process engineering program.

During the development of the program, the university and SRNS helped identify current and anticipated workforce requirements and how the program might meet those needs in the region. In addition to providing technical insight and expertise, SRNS has generously given the largest single donation to the university's engineering program, launched fall of 2015. With the incredible financial support of SRNS, the program now has three dedicated faculty members and an initial cohort of students who will graduate in May.

"We are extremely grateful for the tremendous support of SRNS," said Dr. Sandra Jordan, USC Aiken chancellor. 

"SRNS has been an invaluable partner to the university – not only through its financial gifts but through its scientists’ expertise in the development of many of our programs, including our signature engineering program; the insightful mentorship SRNS professionals have provided our students; generous scholarships and the enriching internship opportunities our students experience at SRNS."

Faculty, staff and students celebrated this partnership between SRNS and USC Aiken following the check presentation during a reception in USC Aiken’s Learning Commons in the Gregg-Graniteville on campus.

USC Aiken, a comprehensive university in the University of South Carolina system, offers undergraduate and master’s degrees to more than 3,500 students in 50 programs of study. USC Aiken is ranked the #1 public regional college in the South by U.S. News & World Report’s guide "America’s Best Colleges." The 2018 distinction marks USC Aiken’s 20th consecutive ranking among the top three in this category and its 13th time in first place.