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Ohio University student earns National Society of Black Engineers scholarship

ATHENS, Ohio (June 2, 2006) -- Ohio University student Edward Achaab has been selected as a National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Scholar by the NSBE Board of Corporate Affiliates. Achaab, a first-year graduate student in mechanical engineering, received $3,000 and a complimentary trip to the NSBE Annual Convention in Pittsburgh, Penn., this spring.

Photo by Rick FaticaAchaab currently serves as a research assistant at the Ohio Coal Research Center, a think tank at Ohio University providing innovative solutions to expand fuel diversity through the production of environmentally safe and reliable electric power. He is working on a coal gasification project to produce hydrogen syngas to power fuel cells.

"I was honored to represent the College of Engineering and Ohio University, one of the few universities working on alternative fuels in the United States," Achaab said.

Achaab's scholarship is based on the impact he has already made. Originally from Tema, Ghana, in West Africa, he earned his Bachelor's of Science in engineering at Murray State University in Kentucky. Last year, as vice president of the Murray State University chapter of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, he engaged engineering students in community service, fundraising, mentorship and professional development.

The NSBE Fellows Scholarship Program rewards members for a demonstrated academic and professional commitment to the field of engineering and encourages them to continue to strive for excellence through leadership, professional development and community involvement. 

"This award that Edward received from the National Society of Black Engineers is highly competitive and we are extremely proud of this accomplishment," said Laquetta Cortner, coordinator for minority, women and outreach programs at Ohio University's College of Engineering and Technology. "I believe that this award will encourage him to continue to work hard in his studies and to strive to have an impact in the engineering field." 

His professional experience includes working at the Frederick Institute of Technology in Athens, Greece, and for the Toshiba Corporation in London, England. Achaab began as a marine engineer, but he has shifted his focus to mechanical and electrical engineering. 

"I was so excited to receive this award and for the opportunity to interact with distinguished professionals at the convention in Pittsburgh," said Achaab, who met representatives from Intel and other companies at the NSBE convention and even received job offers for the summer. "I'm sure I will remember this as long as I live."

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