Workforce Development

The DOE-FIU Science and Technology Workforce Development Program is an innovative program between the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management (DOE-EM) and Florida International University’s Applied Research Center designed to create 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 designed 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. Students selected as DOE Fellows will perform research at FIU and at a DOE site. Upon graduation and completion of this fellowship, the students will submit an application to join Federal Internship programs such as Student Career Experience Program (SCEP), National Laboratories, DOE Contractors, or related industry.


Workforce Development


The DOE-FIU Science and Engineering Workforce Development Program is designed to build upon existing DOE/FIU relationship by creating a “pipeline” of minority scientists and engineers specifically trained and mentored to enter the U.S. Department of Energy’s workforce in technical areas of need. The main objective of the program is to provide interested students with a unique opportunity to integrate course work, Department of Energy (DOE) field work, and FIU applied research into a well-structured academic program providing the successful graduate with the ability to leverage their education, skills, knowledge, and distinctive work experiences to the pursuit of careers in DOE, DOE National Labs, DOE contractors, other federal agencies, or STEM related industry.


Build upon FIU’s long research relationship with the U.S. Department of Energy to create a “pipeline” of minority environmental engineers and scientists.


  • Provide top quality minority students with a unique opportunity for hands-on research and a potential career with the DOE
  • Enhance the quality of student, faculty & staff R&D through close collaborations with scientists from national labs
  • Stimulate greater numbers of minority students entering STEM disciplines at graduate and undergraduate levels

Workforce Development Links

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Dr. Leonel Lagos
Program Director
Director of Research
Applied Research Center at
Florida International University

10555 W. Flagler Street
Suite 2100
Miami, FL 33174
Tel: 305-348-1810
Fax: 305-348-1852

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