NASA's Marshall Center Honored for Support of HBCU's
08.18.09
 
NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., has been selected as a 2009 Top Supporter of Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority-Serving Institutions.

Tereasa Washington, director of the Marshall Center's Office of Human Capital, displays the award

Tereasa Washington accepted the award given by the U.S. Black Engineer & Information Technology magazine. Image Credit: NASA

The award is presented by the national business magazine U.S. Black Engineer & Information Technology. Selections were based on the results of the magazine's seventh annual survey on the subject.

The award presentation luncheon was held recently at Howard University in Washington. Tereasa Washington, director of the Marshall Center's Office of Human Capital, accepted the award on behalf of the center.

"The Marshall Space Flight Center is honored to have been recognized for our recruitment and education programs, as well as our technical and employment relationships," Washington said. "We are proud of the contributions of Marshall's diverse team to the nation's mission in space, and these colleges and universities will continue to play a significant role in building our work force at a time when our challenges require greater innovation, diversity and perspective than ever before."

The Marshall Center was among dozens of industry organizations and government agencies that received the award in 2009. They were selected by the deans of 11 accredited college and university engineering programs -- including those at Alabama A&M University in Huntsville and Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Ala. Award recipients were chosen based on several factors, including their support for infrastructure modernization and enhancement; participation on school advisory councils; research and development programs; and scholarship, co-op and career opportunities for students and faculty at minority colleges and universities.

"America's future in the marketplace depends heavily on the development of students from minority-serving institutions, which are dedicated to producing the best scientists, technologists, mathematicians and engineers," said Tyrone Taborn, chief executive officer of the Career Communications Group, which publishes U.S. Black Engineer & Information Technology magazine. "Competition in the new global marketplace demands that we deploy top talent in technical careers. We applaud the efforts of the 2009 top supporters, who remain committed to minority-serving institutions."

"The Marshall Center is committed to creating an inclusive work environment for its diverse work force," said Audrey Robinson, manager of the Marshall Center's Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity. "We work hard to ensure that students from minority-serving colleges and universities -- like every student we serve and support -- have every possible opportunity to be exposed to potential careers in science, engineering and other technical fields, and to the exciting work being done here at Marshall and across NASA."

In honor of the selection, the Marshall Center and other winning organizations were recognized in the May 2009 edition of U.S. Black Engineer & Information Technology. To view the list of winners, visit:
http://www.blackengineer.com

For more information about the Marshall Center's Academic Affairs Office and the vital education initiatives it leads and supports at colleges and universities around the nation, visit:
http://education.msfc.nasa.gov

For more information about the Marshall Center's diversity and equal opportunity programs, visit:
http://eo.msfc.nasa.gov/

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Betty Humphery, Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.
Richard L. Smith, Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.