ORANGEBURG, SC (PRWEB) December 14, 2005
South Carolina State University will open doors to the first radiology chemistry laboratory at a historically black university when the 2006 winter semester begins, thanks in large to a $1.3 million U.S. Department of Energy grant and the efforts of HTS Enterprise that earned the Atlanta-based company the Dean’s Award.
The new lab is part of South Carolina State’s engineering program for which HTS was instrumental in establishing. It will be equipped with nearly $100,000 of state-of-the-art radiological equipment for the study of applied radiology, nuclear engineering, radiological chemistry and medical physics.
“Garry Harris (HTS president) and the HTS team has been a catalyst in the growth of nuclear engineering study at the university since 2002 when the program was incorporated in the university’s science and engineering program,” said Dr. Kenneth D. Lewis, Dean of the College of Science, Mathematics and Engineering Technology. HTS Enterprise is a leading energy consultant company with expertise in the areas of energy engineering, environment, construction, transportation, and quality assurance and control."
“HTS is committed to advancing the study of energy and engineering in higher education and increasing the number of graduates from under-represented minority groups,” said Harris, who has served on four American Nuclear Society committees and is a past president of the National Technical Association of Engineers and Scientists.
Harris, a member of the school’s Nuclear Engineering Advisory Board, was honored in October by the university for providing critical leadership that guided early growth of the program that led to acquisition of nuclear radiation equipment and instructional materials, as well as dozens of books to set up a reading library. Lewis cited the company’s “passion” in presenting the Dean’s Award to HTS Enterprise, for “extraordinary efforts” on behalf of the nation’s only nuclear energy program at a historically black institution of higher learning.
“HTS really took on the initiative and went out and acted on it,” he said.
HTS provided for two interns, one from Georgia Tech and another from West Point, for the express purpose of soliciting help from energy companies that led to equipment and educational materials, Lewis said. HTS is also playing a key role in recruiting faculty members.
In addition to South Carolina State, HTS plays a key role with engineering programs at the University of Virginia and Tuskegee University and recently has been involved with Clark Atlanta University.