The Department of Energy (DOE) -Florida International University (FIU) Science and Engineering Workforce Development Initiative was established by DOE’s Office of Environmental Management (DOE EM) and FIU’s Applied Research Center in 2007. The program is designed to build upon existing DOE-FIU relationship by creating a “pipeline” of minority engineers specifically trained and mentored to enter the Department of Energy workforce in technical areas of need. This innovative program was established…

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Completing the Circle and Filling the “Pipeline” 11 DOE Fellows hired in Fall 2011

The Department of Energy (DOE) -Florida International University (FIU) Science and Engineering Workforce Development Initiative was established by DOE’s Office of Environmental Management (DOE EM) and FIU’s Applied Research Center in 2007. The program is designed to build upon existing DOE-FIU relationship by creating a “pipeline” of minority engineers specifically trained and mentored to enter the Department of Energy workforce in technical areas of need. This innovative program was established to help address DOE’s future workforce needs by partnering with academic, government and DOE contractor organizations to mentor future minority scientists and engineers in the research, development, and deployment of new technologies addressing DOE’s environmental cleanup challenges. For additional information about the program, visit https://arc.fiu.edu/intern/.
The DOE-FIU Science and Technology Workforce Development Program is pleased to announce that the “pipeline” is working! During the Fall 2011 semester, eleven (11) DOE Fellows in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines were hired by DOE, DOE national laboratories and private industry. The following DOE Fellows were hired:

  • Edgard Espinosa (DOE EM – Washington, DC)
  • Charles Castello (Oak Ridge National Laboratory – Oak Ridge, Tennessee)
  • Rinaldo Gonzalez (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory – Richland, Washington)
  • Denny Carvajal (Mount Sinai Medical Center – Miami, Florida)
  • Amaury Betancourt (Florida Department of Environmental Protection – Tampa, Florida)
  • William Mendez (Boeing Company – Seattle, Washington)
  • Mario Vargas (Boeing Company – Seattle, Washington )
  • Merlin Ngachin (Waste Control Specialists – Andrews, Texas)
  • Alex Henao (Internal Revenue Service – Louisville, Kentucky)
  • Givens Cherilus (Florida Power & Light, Miami, FL)
  • Shina Rana (Florida Power & Light, Miami, FL)

Additional information about the DOE Fellows and the job placements can be found athttps://arc.fiu.edu/Intern/eventsNews_DOEFellowsHiredin2011.asp . The success of these DOE Fellows was made possible by EM support and the creation of the DOE Fellows program.

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