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Gavin Winship (right), Savannah River Remediation Risk Management Coordinator, met with Paine College faculty (from left to right) Dr. Edem Tetteh, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. C. R. Nair, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Physics & Environmental Sciences, and Geno Clark, Director of Sponsored Programs, to give an overview of the procurement package and develop a plan for the development of the software program. Dr. Obafemi Balogun (not pictured), Adjunct Professor of Computer Information Systems, will be assisting Dr. Tetteh on this project.

Savannah River Remediation Awards HBCU Procurement Package to Paine College

March 20, 2013

AIKEN, S.C. – Savannah River Remediation (SRR) and Paine College are developing a software program that will collect and share information encountered during liquid waste operations at the Savannah River Site (SRS) with other U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) sites.

SRR recently awarded Paine College a procurement package totaling $43,000 to develop the software program that will help SRR and subcontractors at other DOE sites better document issues encountered on similar tasks and how they have successfully handled them. For example, SRR will be able to share recent successes achieved during the operational closure of two radioactive waste tanks last year with other sites that are also closing radioactive waste tanks. SRR will also document its pending operational closure of two additional tanks this year.

This award is SRR's first Historically Black College and Universities & Minority Institutions (HBCU/MI) procurement package. SRR established this HBCU/MI initiative as one of its small business goals.

Dave Olson, SRR President and Project Manager, and other SRR staff members, have reached out to several HBCUs to better understand their curriculums, inform them about SRR's mission at SRS, and plan how to work together to achieve mutual education goals.

"We recognize the expertise and innovation that students and faculty can offer," Olson said. "This is a win-win situation for both SRR and Paine College." SRR has a history of reaching out to HBCUs by giving grants and student internship opportunities. Since SRR began its work at SRS in July 2009, SRR has given tens of thousands of dollars to HBCUs for student scholarships and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)-related equipment. In addition, Allen University and Claflin University have recognized SRR for being a leader in providing learning and employment opportunities for their students. Both schools signed Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) with SRR to help students prepare for careers, particularly in STEM-related areas.

"Two of SRR's core values are education outreach and diversity," said Olson. "This procurement package is just one of many opportunities we will provide to students at HBCUs."

SRR is the Savannah River Site's Liquid Waste contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy. SRR is composed of a team of companies led by URS Corp. with partners Bechtel National, CH2M Hill and Babcock & Wilcox. Critical subcontractors for the contract are AREVA, Energy Solutions and URS Professional Solutions.

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