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Saturday, February 06, 2010

USI and NSWC Crane strengthen partnership

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Duane Embree of Crane
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Elizabeth Courtney Randolph
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The University of Southern Indiana and the Crane Division, Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC Crane) announced a Partnership Intermediary Agreement (PIA) on Saturday, February 6, 2010. The formal agreement will accelerate USI STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) program. Further it will help Crane continue to improve their innovation path, and as a result create new businesses and jobs with Crane patents.

"With the help of the USI Center for Applied Research, Crane is improving the innovation process," said Duane Embree, technical director for NSWC Crane. He said license and patents have increased. "We have developed best ways to make technology available for general public use."

USI President Linda L. M. Bennett said, "The collaboration that started in 2007 between USI and Crane is strengthened by this agreement announced today." She welcomed the Crane staff and Crane suppliers who were conducting the job fair at USI on Saturday.

Embree addressed the job applicants, saying, "It is super to see your interest toward serving the nation. We need the nation's best to solve tomorrow's problems, and we need to start today."

A strong core curriculum of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, the components of STEM, will be strengthened by the partnership. A summer program bringing together high school physics teachers from the region to work side-by-side with Crane engineers and scientists will be offered again this year.

"The partnership will expand the engagement of USI into new dimensions that will greatly benefit USI and our region's economy and workforce," Bennett said.

STEM is coordinated at USI by the Southwest Indiana STEM center. The center provides STEM trucks that deliver laboratory equipment for use in classrooms and staff to train high school teachers on the equipment.

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