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Warfare Centers Sign Partnership Agreement with Morgan State University

On February 27, 2013, representatives from the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head Division, (NSWC IHD) and the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division (EODTECHDIV) signed an Educational Partnership Agreement (EPA) with Morgan State University.  This agreement will enable the Navy to assist students with academic and career advice, provide hands-on research projects, and identify and develop future Department of Defense employees.

Leadership from Morgan State University, NSWC IHD and NSWC EODTECHDIV gather for the partnership agreement between the three entities.  Front Row (L-R) Dr. Joan Robinson, Dennis McLaughlin, Dr. David Wilson and Jason Shaffer.  Second Row (L-R) Lisa Griffith, Johnna Robinson, LaVar Williams, Dr. Victor McCrary, Dr. Eugene DeLoatch, Lekisha Hodges and Gerald Whitaker.  Back Row (L-R) Dr. Kevin Banks, Dr. Joseph Whittaker, Michael Adams, Dr. Maurice Taylor, Rutherford Taylor, Dave Bode, Keith Plumadore, Dr. Thomas Cannon.

Leadership from Morgan State University, NSWC IHD and NSWC EODTECHDIV gather for the partnership agreement between the three entities.  Front Row (L-R) Dr. Joan Robinson, Dennis McLaughlin, Dr. David Wilson and Jason Shaffer.  Second Row (L-R) Lisa Griffith, Johnna Robinson, LaVar Williams, Dr. Victor McCrary, Dr. Eugene DeLoatch, Lekisha Hodges and Gerald Whitaker.  Back Row (L-R) Dr. Kevin Banks, Dr. Joseph Whittaker, Michael Adams, Dr. Maurice Taylor, Rutherford Taylor, Dave Bode, Keith Plumadore, Dr. Thomas Cannon.   

The agreement marks a historical first for NSWC IHD and EODTECHDIV.  The signing of this agreement during Black History Month recognizes the significant contributions of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) make to the advancement of African Americans. The collaborative efforts of this partnership will continue to offer quality opportunities in the future, and reflect the "Dream" that Dr. King spoke of on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. fifty years ago.   

 

This is one of many educational partnerships that exist between the two warfare centers with institutions like the University of Maryland, College of Southern Maryland, University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez and Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico.  These partnerships are part of the continuing effort to build relationships that will ensure the future strength of the Navy’s technical workforce with diverse organizations. Developing those relationships includes a commitment to recruiting for full-time employment and providing temporary employment for students and selected professors.

Captain Tom Smith, Commanding Officer for NSWC IHD and EODTECHDIV, believes such agreements provide many mutual benefits.

"Harnessing our nation's talent, our best and brightest people, has both near-term and long range positive impacts,” said Smith.  “Proactively recruiting to that end will only help us moving forward.  Diversity brings new views, perspectives and problem solving approaches into our decision making processes so we make better choices.  Our partnership with Morgan State University helps us achieve these initiatives and we look forward to providing real world experience to these amazing students."

Dennis McLaughlin (left), Technical Director NSWC IHD, Dr. David Wilson, President Morgan State University and Jason Shaffer, Executive Director NSWC EODTECHDIV sign an Educational Partnership Agreement at the Morgan State University campus in Baltimore.

Dennis McLaughlin (left), Technical Director NSWC IHD, Dr. David Wilson, President Morgan State University and Jason Shaffer, Executive Director NSWC EODTECHDIV sign an Educational Partnership Agreement at the Morgan State University campus in Baltimore.

David Wilson, President of Morgan State University is equally enthusiastic about the partnership with the Navy and the two Charles County based warfare centers.

“Morgan State University is very pleased to play a role in this important educational partnership,” said Wilson. “It not only takes advantage of the knowledge base and capabilities of the University’s faculty while providing many opportunities to collaborate on leading edge and emerging technologies in the STEM disciplines, but it will also be of immense benefit to our students and, ultimately, the strength of our nation’s future.”

 


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