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LTG Van Antwerp, commanding general of the US Army Corps of Engineers (right), and Lance Helwig, chief of design for the Corps’ Portland District, fly over
the Columbia and Willamette Rivers region, in 2008, to get a view of locks, dams, powerhouses and levees that are in place to reduce the risk of flooding, maintain
navigation, produce hydropower and provide recreational benefits.
we’re building in Virginia, every drop that falls on the building nursing school she did rounds. You’d go to prenatal, and then
will be collected and used for either irrigation or some other maybe to the emergency room, and then the operating room
purpose which helps out the water supply. — all designed to help you determine what you’d like to do. A
lot of good comes out of these partnerships, not the least of
which is we’re trying to help students decide what they might
We made 28 offers and have
be passionate about.
Not only are minorities underrepresented in engineering,
18 new employees that came
as a country we are growing fewer engineers in the aggregate.
We applaud any encouragement you and the universities can
out of the Black Engineer of provide. What we are doing in the Corps of Engineers is to talk
the Year week.
to universities. We basically cover the entire United States. We
are talking to deans of engineering departments, people that
do project management, people in environmental engineering,
and in systems engineering, to encourage students to stay with
USBE: How does the Corps plan to build on the long-term it and be part of the engineering workforce of the future. If
commitments of HBCUs to promote environmental and socio- not, we’re going to have to hire [engineers] from other coun-
economic research, increase knowledge related to sustainable tries, because they are growing their engineering population.
use, and promote the application of information systems for China this year will graduate twice as many engineers as the
resource management? United States.
LTG Antwerp: That goes back to where we began with our We were recently at the Black Engineer of the Year
research lab entering partnerships with universities. We want Awards, [where] we hold a workshop and we bring our African
universities to work on things that are important in the indus- American engineers in and they get close with the students.
try. I think it is good for students because it takes them away We also have a booth where we let people know about job
from theory and gets them to practical application. The other opportunities. We collected 212 resumes. We made 28 offers
part is that students rub elbows with scientists, engineers, and have 18 new employees that came out of the Black Engi-
and our educators that work in the field. I think it’s a great neer of the Year week. Our goal is to double that next year. We
connection, and I applaud the universities for not just relying were very appreciative that many young people were willing to
on what goes on in the institutions. When you do that, you are come and take a good look at us.
building excitement for what could be the [students] profes-
sion. My wife’s a nurse, and when she was going through
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