This discovery process inspires interest in STEM fields, which is crucial for the area’s workforce.
Monroeville, PA (PRWEB) December 12, 2011
RJ Lee Group, Inc., industrial forensics laboratory headquartered in Monroeville, Pa., has donated a scanning electron microscope (SEM) valued at $75K to the Oak Ridge, TN campus of Roane State Community College (RSCC) in Tennessee.”One of the fundamentals of our corporate mission,” noted Dr. Richard J. Lee, President and CEO of RJ Lee Group, “is to continually advance science. As a small company, we are passionate about education and this gives the student the ability to get immediate feedback. They see the elements and that inspires scientific inquiry.” The SEM will play a key role in a course in industrial forensics within a new certificate program in composite materials technology funded by a federal grant received as part of PSCC’s involvement in the 10-college National STEM Consortium.
Commenting on the donation, Dr. Gary Goff, Roane State President noted, “With the scanning electron microscope, students can discover real-world applications for the information they learn in the classroom. This discovery process inspires interest in STEM fields, which is crucial for the area’s workforce. We greatly appreciate this generous gift and the opportunities it opens for our students.”
Materials and Chemistry Laboratory Inc. (MCLinc) of Oak Ridge will provide samples and technical support for the SEM. “We are pleased to assist in this important project,” said Barry Stephenson, president and CEO of MCLinc. Roane State chemistry professor Dr. Ronald Sternfels said that both companies’ donation of time, technology and resources gives student a unique learning opportunity. “In a typical lecture, you are group learning,” Sternfels said, “with this, students drive their own discovery process. There is nothing like personal discovery to spark the quest for knowledge.” RSCC student, Ethan Brown of Lenoir City, commented, “The microscope makes the theories you hear in the classroom come together. It puts together the pieces of the puzzle.”
Roane State Community College is a comprehensive public, two-year, post-secondary institution serving the higher education needs of an eight-county area in eastern Tennessee. Currently, more than 6, 500 students are pursuing two-year associate degrees or academic certificates in a range of health science programs as well as business management, office administration, police science, and other fields.
About RJ Lee Group
RJ Lee Group is an industrial forensics laboratory recognized as an industry leader in providing innovative solutions to challenges in materials characterization, forensic engineering, and information management. For 30 years, we have been using our scientific expertise, instrumentation and technology to offer support strategies and provide solutions to our customers. RJ Lee Group is a 300-person company with headquarters located in Monroeville, Pa. For more information visit our website at http://www.rjlg.com.
For more information contact: Casey Bunker, Director of Marketing & Business Development at cbunker(at)rjlg(dot)com or 724-325-1776.
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