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Release Date: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 4:50 PM
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President Sidney A. Ribeau to Participate in Department of Energy’s Minorities in Energy Panel
President Sidney A. Ribeau

WASHINGTON (Sept. 20, 2013) – Howard University President Sidney A. Ribeau, Ph.D., will participate in the “Increasing Minority Participation in the Energy Sector” panel, part of the Department of Energy’s Minorities in Energy Kick-Off  at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 24, at the Forrestal Building, 1000 Independence Ave, S.W. Washington, D.C.

Dr. Ribeau will join the following panelists in the discussion:

- The Honorable Hazel R. O’Leary, former secretary of Energy           
- Jack Gerard, CEO & president, American Petroleum Institute
- Mauro Gregorio, president, Dow Chemical
- Michael Rencheck, president, Areva Inc.
- Sylvester J. Gates, professor, University of Maryland, 2013 winner of the National Medal of Science

The National Science Foundation continues to rank Howard University as the top producer of African-American baccalaureate degree recipients who subsequently earn science and engineering doctoral degrees in the United States.

Howard’s chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB-HU) is one of several groups at the University that are increasing diversity in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) pipeline, and actively making a difference around the world. Earlier this year, EWB-HU returned to remote, northwestern Kenya to monitor water quality and install bio-sand filters, the latest stage of a multi-year effort to significantly improve water quality for poor rural families in the region.

Through the NSF-funded Global Education, Awareness and Research Undergraduate Program (GEAR-UP), Howard prepares students to conduct STEM research abroad.

The program to increase global engagement of graduates in engineering and other sciences through study and research abroad is spearheaded by the College of Engineering, Architecture and Computer Sciences (CEACS). In addition to the multi-year $5 million grant, GEAR-UP is supported by the Office of the Provost. This year, GEAR-UP expanded to eight countries, from six countries a year ago. Students will conduct research in Cameroon, South Africa, Senegal, Mexico, Thailand, the Philippines, Turkey and Kenya.

In March 2013, the University broke ground on the 81,000 square foot Interdisciplinary Research Building. Read more here.


Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at

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