Indiana University Minority Serving Institutions (IU-MSI) Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Initiative representatives visited Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane) to view and discuss research opportunities with NSWC Crane technical professionals on July 27. The tour included presentations which highlighted cyber security, polymer, electro-optics, failure material analysis lab and others.
Thirty-six Historically Black College and University (HBCU)/MSI professors from Alabama A&M, Bennett College for Women, Clark Atlanta University, Hampton University, Jackson State University and Langston University, along with several IU professors, attended the event.
Dave Acton, NSWC Crane University Liaison, noted the event to be a success as it allowed a range of university professors to tour NSWC Crane and learn about possible research opportunities.
“In an ongoing effort to recruit the brightest and most diverse our country has to offer, Indiana University’s program allowed these visiting HBCU/MSI professors to get a firsthand look at what we have to offer. Our hope is that in the near future, research and development collaborations and employment opportunities will be ongoing between NSWC Crane, Indiana University and these institutions,” Acton added.
Cynthia Ice-Bones, Deputy Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Officer/Diversity and Inclusion Chief, explained that the IU-MSI visit was made possible through the efforts of many people, such as Special Emphasis Program Manager DeLene Worsena as well as members of the Diversity Leadership Council who assisted with tours and presentations.
Ice-Bones also said that this event is an opportunity to attract a future workforce that is both skilled and diverse. “We see this as a super-opportunity to attract future members of our workforce from these universities who will have the skills and talent we will need for the future – while at the same time contributing to the diversity of our workforce which will only make NSWC Crane a better organization.”
The IU-MSI STEM initiative was created to develop a robust and innovative model to train diverse researchers for a STEM future. This initiative includes the following five components: A broader set of fully engaged partners, establishment of a Faculty Research Development Institute (FRDI), faculty and student exchanges, digital collaborations and an NSWC Crane connection.
NSWC Crane is a naval laboratory and a field activity of Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA). The warfare center is responsible for multi-domain, multi- spectral, full life cycle support of technologies and systems enhancing capability to today’s warfighter.