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A known industry leader in electronics and electrical engineering, Siemens not only recognizes but invests in educational programs and opportunities designed to transform and empower our communities. Through this collaborative partnership, Siemens and the University have joined forces in addressing the shortage of African-American engineers.

Siemens has pledged to support the Florida A&M University 2012 Summer Engineering Concepts Institute (SECI) in the amount of $75,000. An intensive engineering school readiness program, SECI is designed to prepare pre-engineering students for the rigorous demands of engineering school. While 50% of first-time-in-college students fail to complete their freshman year of engineering school, SECI scholars have a 95% first year completion rate. Siemens’ financial support will fund curriculum materials, technical field trips, participant scholarships, and a Siemens professional as a guest lecturer for the SECI.  Siemens will also support the University’s 2012 Green Coalition in the amount of $25,000.  A student-led organization, the Green Coalition seeks to promote environmental sustainability in the greater FAMU community. One of the major initiatives funded by this agreement was the Southeast Student Renewable Energy Conference. Under the direction of Dr. L. Donnellan and key identified leadership, the Green Coalition will meet with other “green” groups on campus in coming months to discuss sustainability priorities and plan initiatives for the upcoming semester. Additionally, the coalition is looking to create a website that will help to highlight the sustainability initiatives on campus.

In addition to financial support, Siemens will also be joining the Key Executive Council and the Business and Industry Cluster Program. Participation in these programs will allow Siemens to assist the university in strengthening educational opportunities and establishing priorities that respond to industry and education’s most pressing challenges. Desiring to recruit engineering, finance, supply chain and IT students for internships and entry-level full-time positions, Siemens will participate in career fairs, a campus day, the Black Executive Exchange Program (BEEP) and a CEO-to-CEO forum. Additionally, Siemens will participate in research, lectureships and capstone projects at the University.

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