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April 21, 2008
College Welcomes Newman-Wachs' (NWR) Winning Female Driver to Campus
Coming directly off their victory with #34 Simona De Silvestro's first place finish , the NWR team is on the road again to Las Vegas, Nevada.
After what showed to be quite an eventful weekend at the Cooper Tires presents the Atlantic Championship powered by Mazda Race in Long Beach, California, the NWR team got busy packing and preparing for the official launch of the nuclear energy marketing initiative off-track university tour.
This Tuesday in conjunction with the UNLV's Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering, the #34 "Nuclear Cean Air Energy" racecar along and female racecar driver Simona De Silvestro, the current featured driver of the program will be on campus signing autographs hoping to attract students into the field of engineering and specifically nuclear engineering. NWR, Entergy, and the NEI are funding this innovative engineering and nuclear education outreach program as they travel across the country competing in the season's best races.
"The Newman Wachs Racing and Nuclear Energy Industry partnership is a terrific opportunity to communicate these important issues to race fans at the track. In addition, we look forward to working with Simona De Silvestro and the NWR team to take the race car to college campuses and discuss the opportunities in the nuclear energy industry for engineers, health physicists and others to lead the industry in the decades to come." Scott Peterson, Nuclear Energy Institute Vice President for Communications comments, "Our industry is committed to the same professionalism and teamwork to safely produce electricity from nuclear energy technology that the NWR team uses to be competitive on the track. Congratulations to Simona and the entire team for a great race!"
The consensus from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission released in 2007, stated that during the next five years alone, graduates will not only be needed to replace a retiring workforce, but engineers from varying backgrounds will be required when new plants are approved for construction. Over the next 10 years, as many as 90,000 nuclear professionals will be needed to meet the needs of all segments of the industry in the U.S.
The college of engineering has been innovative in utilizing unique avenues to highlight the engineering and computer science disciplines seeking to recruit the best and brightest to the college and university. "We are not shy also about recruiting under-represented groups to our disciplines as well. Having a female race car drive sponsored by an engineering institute like NEI, helps present engineering in a different light to prospective students," states Dean Eric Sandgren.
"Nuclear Energy doesn't produce any air pollution or greenhouse gases in the process of producing electricity and it is an important part of a smarter, cleaner energy future." states (retired) Admiral Frank L. "Skip" Bowman, Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) President and Chief Nuclear Officer, "We're pleased to partner with Newman Wachs Racing to educate americans on the clean-air energy benefits of nuclear energy."
For more information regarding newman wachs racing and the collaborative efforts of their partners, please log onto http://www.newmanwachsracing.com/.
The racecar car and driver, will be on campus from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22, 2008. There is no fee to attend the event.
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