In February, AREVA Inc. gave $35,000 to be the title sponsor of the AREVA Explore Engineering program at Sweet Briar for the summer and fall of 2013 and spring of 2014.
Although AREVA has collaborated with the College’s Margaret Jones Wyllie ’45 Engineering Program in the past, it has not previously underwritten the four-year-old Explore Engineering series, and is the first sponsor to do so.
Sweet Briar hosts three Explore events a year for high school girls, including a weeklong residential camp that immerses the students in both the college experience and the possibilities of an engineering career. The summer program and spring and fall weekend mini-camps are hands-on, team-based courses structured to emphasize creativity, problem solving and design principles.
So far, more than 200 high school girls from across the country have attended one or more of the camps. For AREVA, sponsoring the program is an exceptional opportunity to serve the community where it works. And it makes good business sense.
“As AREVA faces a shortage of qualified engineers, this program is a great fit for our workforce development strategy because it addresses both the STEM education and diversity gaps in our country,” said Gary Mignogna, AREVA Inc. senior vice president of
engineering and projects. “By supporting local STEM programs like this one, we’re ensuring the future success of not only our company, but of our region as a whole.”
Sweet Briar is one of only two women’s colleges in the U.S. to offer an ABET-accredited engineering degree. The curriculum focuses on mechanical engineering while engaging students in opportunities to improve the quality of life for others through
“AREVA’s investment in educating women engineers in and for Central Virginia represents the best kind of partnership between business and higher education for the good of the community,” said President Jo Ellen Parker. “Sweet Briar is proud of Explore Engineering and its relationship with AREVA.”