$1.5 Million donation to engineering and business

Fluor Corporation, in conjunction with Savannah River Nuclear Solutions LLC (SRNS), a Fluor-led partnership that manages and operates the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Savannah River Site, presented a $1.5 million contribution to the University of South Carolina (USC) to help with the establishment of the Center of Economic Excellence for the Hydrogen Economy. The Fluor/SRNS joint donation will be used to establish two endowed chairs for top researchers: a Discovery Chair in USC’s College of Engineering and Computing and an Innovation Chair in the Darla Moore School of Business. It will also create a formal relationship between USC and the Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL). The center will be the cornerstone of a comprehensive university-industry partnership between USC, Fluor and SRNS to advance the science, technology and commercialization of clean, secure, renewable energy and related infrastructure. The Discovery Chair in USC’s College of Engineering and Computing will be filled by a researcher and leader in renewable energy who will create and coordinate joint research programs between USC and SRNL for developing technological advances in hydrogen and renewable energy technology. The Innovation Chair in the Moore School will be a global expert in innovation, commercialization and technology transfer with a mission is to collaborate with scientists and technologists, translating discoveries from SRNL and USC into commercial paths and developing the businesses.

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