Africa-U.S Network of Centers of Excellence
Water & Environmental Science and Engineering
PI: Nosa O. Egiebor, Professor & DOE/NNSA Samuel Massie Chair
This project, funded under the USAID “Africa-US Higher Education Initiative”, is an international partnership with Tuskegee University as the lead institution, and Princeton University together with four universities from three African countries as project partners. The International Institute for Water & Environmental Engineering (2iE) in Burkina Faso is the lead institution in Africa while the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT) in Ghana, the African University of Science and Technology (AUST) in Nigeria, and the University of Benin, also in Nigeria, are the other African partner institutions.
The partnership is aimed at establishing a long-term international collaborative network of centers of excellence (COEs) in the area of water, environmental, and climate change science and engineering in selected higher educational institutions in Africa and the United States. The project is planned to be a 5 to 15-year effort that is divided into 3 execution and implementation phases. The first and second phases have been funded and will be executed over the next five years. The third phase will be for an additional 5 – 10 years beyond Phases 1 & 2. The project activities involve collaborative research, education, student and faculty exchange, and capacity-building efforts that will have significant benefits for both Tuskegee University and the African counterpart institutions. The major objectives of the project will include, but not limited to:
Massie Chairs visit the Los Alamos Laboratory
By Erika L. Martinez
Potential collaborations discussed
A team of world-class scholars, researchers and educators who advance research, enhance academics, promote partnerships, and effect outreach in the environmental sciences visited the Laboratory recently.
The Samuel P. Massie Chairs of Excellence Program is a Department of Energy program that includes nine participating Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and one Hispanic Serving Institution.
According to Dave Foster of the Education and Postdoc Office (STB-EPDO), the primary goal of the meeting was to introduce the 10 Massie Chairs to Lab researchers and managers in their primary research interest areas, with the objective of exploring potential follow-on collaborative research and development and student internship possibilities with the Lab.
Ten NNSA-funded Minority Serving Institutions undergraduate summer interns are working at Los Alamos this summer. Malika Hobbs, NNSA Massie Chairs program manager and coordinator of the MSI student internship program, accompanied the visitors.
Basil Swanson of Chemistry Division speaks to Samuel P. Massie Chairs of Excellence Program visitors and Lab employees during the recent visit.
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