Do­min­ion gives $45K for STEM labs at CSM

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The Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land Foun­da­tion has re­ceived a $45,000 grant from the Do­min­ion Foun­da­tion to upgrade equip­ment in CSM’s elec­tron­ics lab­o­ra­to­ries. The up­grades are to help at­tract more students into the school’s en­gi­neer­ing, en­gi­neer­ing tech­nol­ogy, nu­clear en­gi­neer­ing tech­nol­ogy and com­puter science pro­grams, ac­cord­ing to a CSM news re­lease.

Do­min­ion Foun­da­tion’s Higher Ed­u­ca­tional Part­ner­ship Grant was pre­sented Sept. 12 at CSM’s Leonard­town Cam­pus, where a ma­jor­ity of the up­grades will take place. The other two cam­puses in La Plata and Prince Frederick will also re­ceive up­grades.

The foun­da­tion is the phil­an­thropic arm of the Vir­ginia-based en­ergy com­pany that owns and op­er­ates the liqui­fied nat­u­ral gas dock at Cove Point in Calvert County. The foun­da­tion ex­pects to award $1 mil­lion in grants to ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions in 11 states this year. Last year, it awarded 40 in­sti­tu­tions up to $50,000 each to un­der­write projects in en­ergy, en­vi­ron­men­tal stud­ies, en­gi­neer­ing and work­force de­vel­op­ment.

Since 2002, the Do­min­ion Foun­da­tion has pro­vided nearly $2.3 mil­lion in grants within Mary­land.

“Ed­u­ca­tion shapes the future of Amer­ica by pre­par­ing students to meet the chang­ing needs of the work­place,” Mike Frederick, vice pres­i­dent of LNG op­er­a­tions at Do­min­ion Cove Point LNG, said in a state­ment. “This grant will help the Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land ac­quire the com­puter equip­ment that is vi­tal to the ed­u­ca­tional pro­grams pro­vided by the col­lege.”

The Do­min­ion Foun­da­tion grant will fund the ma­te­ri­als needed for the elec­tron­ics pro­gram, which in­clude elec­tronic test equip­ment such as dig­i­tal os­cil­lo­scopes, sweep gen­er­a­tors, dig­i­tal multi-me­ters and spec­trum an­a­lyz­ers, bread­boards for build­ing elec­tronic cir­cuits, sol­der­ing equip­ment, pro­gram­mable logic con­trollers (PLC), work benches, and con­sum­ables.

“CSM’s en­gi­neer­ing and com­puter science pro­grams are de­signed to bring to­gether part­ner re­sources, tech­ni­cal ex­per­tise and di­verse ini­tia­tives into a re­gional ap­proach to ad­dress lo­cal work­force needs,” CSM Pres­i­dent Brad Got­tfried said a state­ment. “Through this part­ner­ship with the Do­min­ion Foun­da­tion, CSM will now be able to fund state-of-the-art equip­ment for our elec­tron­ics pro­gram that will al­low us to bet­ter pre­pare students for em­ploy­ment in a high-tech­nol­ogy in­dus­trial en­vi­ron­ment.”

The up­graded labs will serve both en­gi­neer­ing and gen­eral physics pro­grams as well as com­puter tech­nol­ogy re­lated pro­grams.

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