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HCC West Houston Center director takes top role at Congressional Visits Day

HOUSTON, TX (May 21, 2012) – Bartlett M .Sheinberg, Director of the West Houston Center for Science and Engineering (WHC) of Houston Community College and Chair of the Materials Research Society (MRS) Congressional Visits Day Committee, traveled to Washington, D.C. in April on behalf of MRS to express appreciation to Congress for recent appropriations actions in the fiscal year 2013 spending bill. Additionally, Sheinberg encouraged continued funding of Federal Research & Development programs so important to this country’s economic growth.

While visiting congressional offices, Sheinberg provided a constituent perspective on the local and national impact of these programs and their significance to Texas, speaking about the important roles of community college and university partnerships in growing the next generation of scientists and engineers.

“These are very challenging times in Congress, especially as congressional offices are moving forward with the appropriations process to fund the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Department of Energy Office of Science and the Department of Defense Basic Research. Based upon proposed funding, community colleges appear to have a prominent role in the STEM educational arena, including preparing young men and women for careers in materials science,” said Sheinberg

With Houston’s Energy Corridor in the HCC service area, the WHC develops pathways for more students to complete degrees in STEM-related fields. Through their relationship with the WHC and a Department of Homeland Security grant, six HCC students will complete summer research experiences at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico and Rice University beginning later this month.

The Materials Research Society represents 16,000 scientists and engineers dedicated to advancing the multidisciplinary field of materials and improving the global quality of life. MRS scientists and engineers around the world work towards fundamental breakthroughs in electronics, energy systems, aerospace technologies, biomedical devices, nanotechnology, transportation, and advanced computation and communication technologies.

Additional information concerning the 2012 Congressional Visits Day can be found online at http://www.setcvd.org

For more information about WHC activities, Undergraduate Science Research Experiences, providing mentoring experiences for HCC students, hosting HCC students for summer research experiences at universities, research or industry research labs, or to contribute to WHC Scholarships, please contact Sheinberg at bart.sheinberg@hccs.edu or 713.718.5617.

About HCC
HCC is one of the country’s largest singularly-accredited, open-admission, community colleges offering associate degrees, certificates, workforce training and lifelong learning opportunities for 75,000 students each semester. HCC is composed of six colleges that serve the greater Houston area’s diverse communities by preparing individuals to live and work in today’s increasingly international and technological society. To learn more go to hccs.edu.

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